Watkins Glen State Park

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Please note: as of 11/18/15 The Watkins Glen State Park Gorge Trail is officially closed for the season. 

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.

Did You Know?
In the 2015 USA TODAY Readers' Choice Poll for Best State Park in the US, Watkins Glen won 3rd!

In 2015, the park was chosen from more than 6,000 state parks across the nation as a nominee in the USA TODAY Readers' Choice Poll for Best State Park in the United States, and won third place!

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Pavilion Reservation Information 

Trail Shuttle & Trail Updates - Please contact the park to confirm conditions before traveling


Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 6 feet. Written proof of rabies inoculation. Not allowed in pool area or on the Gorge Trail.  For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

1009 N Franklin St
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4511
Finger Lakes Region
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