Watkins Glen State Park located at the base of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York is easily one of the most beautiful place I have ever visited. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to the Finger Lakes for our honeymoon.
The park itself is pretty small, though it does still boast camp grounds, a pool and other amenities along with its famous Gorge trail. There are a total of 19 waterfalls and numerous pools of water created over the centuries by the Glen Creek. The Gorge Trail is impeccably maintained trail that includes cement pathways and stairs, stone and timber bridges and informational plaques. The pathway is carved into the side of the massive cavern and in some places right through the stone wall itself. It’s a pretty easy little hike, though be aware there are a number of stairs.
For more info check out the park’s website.
On this little hike we took our time making our way from the main entrance up the Gorge Trail. Enjoying every site and analyzing the different types of rock, how it must have felt to build the stairs, and bridges, as well as the millions of years it took to develop such a beautiful place. On the way back we started on the Indian trail, crossing at the rainbow falls bridge to make our way up the North Country Trail to the Lilly pond and back across the suspension bridge, before heading down to the Gorge Trail again to exit the park. It was a breath taking, easy going hike that I’m glad we were able to do.