I had heard about Watkins Glen State Park for years, and our family likes to visit waterfalls, so late spring seemed like the perfect time to go for a visit. I read that the park could be very crowded in the summer, and with all the spring rain we had gotten, we figured it would be a great time to view them.
Finding Watkins Glen State Park is easy. Our goal was to get there first thing in the morning when they opened, and we got there before 9am on a Sunday, so we were able to park in the main parking lot at the bottom of the falls. You do have to pay to park, and you can save your receipt to get into other parks for free the same day.
The parking lot and park entrance have recently been redone, and it looks very nice. By the time we left (before noon), the parking was very full, with people looking for space outside of the parking lots.
We made our way to the beginning of the trail, which starts at this entrance in the rock.
Looking back towards the parking lot, the view of Watkins Glen is very pretty.
There are lots of tunnels to go through along the way.
Be prepared for many stairs along the way. 852 stairs to be exact – but you can take your time and get through it.
There are about 20 waterfalls along the trail, which follows the gorge. We went in the spring when the water was flowing well, so be prepared for some wet surfaces and getting dripped on a little from the waterfalls.
Along with the stairs, there are plenty of flat areas to rest as well.
The scenery is beautiful, even where there aren’t waterfalls.
I loved that we could even walk behind some of the waterfalls.
The walkways are so neat, and it is impressive to see the work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) back in the 1930’s.
Around the halfway mark, we had seen most of the waterfalls.
There is a gift shop with snacks at the top of the trail, although we waited and went to Glen Dairy Bar right up the road.
At the end of the trail, we splurged and spent $5 per person to take a shuttle back to the parking lot. We had done quite a bit of hiking within two days and decided to take a little break.
Visit Watkins Glen State Park online at https://parks.ny.gov/parks/142/
~ go earlier in the year (around springtime or early summer) when there is more water flowing
~ check the website for important dates – they list dates that are going to be busy with things like NASCAR and festivals
~ wear appropriate shoes for walking and wet surfaces
~ pace yourself – we saw people of all ages on the trail, from older folks to parents with newborns.
~ bring water and a camera
There are some amazing parks in New York. I love all of the waterfalls. We used to camp at the Delwarare water gap years ago.
How gorgeous! I need to get here one day. There’s so much to see. Plus I really like waterfalls.
Another great New York sight I have never been to. Those falls look so refreshing to go to on a hot summer day and I have to get there one of these days.
We’re headed to NY tomorrow. I may have to try to talk the hubs into a stop at Watkins Glen State Park. It looks like a place I could spend all day exploring!
I’m going to have to add this one to the bucket list. The scenery you get to take in along the trails is just amazing.
this look so amazing! im going to really add it to the bucket list for sure. this def seems like a magical place to go and take some breath taking photos!
That’s a lot of stairs my goodness. This looks like a great park to with so much to see
This is going to be a wonderful experience. I salute you having a precise count with the stairs. The waterfalls looks beautiful
What a beautiful state park. We haven’t been here yet but it’s on our radar now!
That is awesome that there are spots where you can actually walk behind a waterfall! Cool! I wish I could visit the place someday too!
This looks like a beautiful place to explore. Thank you for sharing so I can add it to my list of places to go.
Adding this to my travel list!! Looks like such a great place to visit.
These are amazing photos. This is a perfect trip for any nature lover.
I would love this place. I adore waterfalls, and lush green spaces. I can imagine walking through this park.
This is definitely my kind of park. I love to get lost in a beautiful park like this one and discovering beautiful waterfalls. So cool
This looks like such an incredible place to explore, and it totally right by my alley! I would love to be able to explore here myself one day.
This is a beautiful place, worth a visit. the pictures look great too. I am trying to do more outdoor activities with my kids as well.
very nice photos. I love travelling, would love to explore the place
What an adventure! This looks like the perfect activity for a wild weekend! I love to get back to nature and this looks amazing!
Such a great place..! My friends would really love to visit here..! I would share this to them.
Wow, this place is so beautiful and it feel so relaxing to be there. I hope to visit New York someday and have a chance to see this amazing spot.
This places looks gorgeous. Lovely little walking trails and nice waterfall too.
Wow, I’m amazed to learn of this great park in New York. I live here and has no idea it existed!
This is so so beautiful! I love to have an adventure like this, it looks so wonderful to experience and it’s so fun too. I really love this!
This is so so beautiful! I love to have an adventure like this, it looks so wonderful to experience and it’s so fun too. I really love this! ♥
I’ve actually been there, and I totally LOVED it. It’s a relatively easy hike for most people and more beautiful than you’d think!
This is really a must place to go! I love waterfalls.
Such beautiful photos! This is completely and utterly spectacular! I would love to travel here so much. Thanks for sharing
What a wonderful state park. The falls are so nice, and the area so pretty. That is a lot of steps, but good exercise, too. I can see why it is so popular!