Travelgram from Watkins Glen State Park

Every time I visit Watkins Glen State Park, I’m left spellbound! It’s a beautiful park with an awesome Gorge!  Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. A variety of waterfalls, including small staircase, cascades, dripping curtains, punchbowls, plunges and chutes; ranging from a few feet to 60 feet high. These waterfalls together have created the wonder known as Watkins Glen by eroding the rocks. The rock here includes shale, limestone, and sandstone, and these types of rock erode at different rates, leaving behind a staircase of waterfalls, cascades, plunge pools and potholes.

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You can experience the dramatic landscape of Watkins Glen on the Indian Trail, South Rim Trail and the Gorge Trail. I highly recommend taking the Gorge Trail, which follows Glen Creek past water-sculpted rock and 19 waterfalls. On our first trip there, we walked up from the main entrance, which is quite a uphill and there are around 800 steps(the map says so, but I’m sure there are more than that 😉 ) to climb! So, if you prefer a easier hike, walk down from the north entrance – we did that when we took our parents 🙂

Cavern Cascade and Rainbow Falls are two of my favorite waterfalls along the Gorge Trail, since you can walk behind them. Doesn’t that sound exciting?! The best time to visit this state park is between late Spring and early Fall. Time to pack your bags? 🙂

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Have you been to Watkins Glen State Park? What’s your favorite part of the park?

 

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