Located near the southern end of Seneca Lake at 1009 N Franklin Street, in the Village of Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen State Park offers some of the most impressive scenery in all of the Finger Lakes.
Featuring 19 waterfalls, ranging between three to 60 feet, and trails that go over, under, and through ancient gorges, this is one area of the Finger Lakes that you will not want to miss.
Enjoy guided tours or a self-guided hike through the gorge during the summer months. For those who prefer not to hike up the gorge trail, a shuttle service offers visitors a ride to the top of the gorge.
The park features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a large wading pool for small children, as well as showers and bathrooms for visitors.
Plenty of picnic areas are located throughout the park, and shelters and pavilions are available to rent between May and October for private occasions.
For campers, the park features 305 affordable campsites, some of which allow up to two household pets per site, with nearby restrooms, hot showers, picnicking areas, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and playgrounds frommid-May through mid-October.
Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy excellent conditions at nearby Catherine Creek or Seneca Lake for rainbow trout. Bow hunting for deer is permitted in the park when in season.
Check out their Trail Map before you go on a hike.
HOURS & RATES
Watkins Glen State Park is open year-round with a vehicle entry fee of $8/vehicle collected from mid-May through November, which includes access to the Olympic-sized pool. Certain trails are subject to close depending on weather.
Entry fees are collected daily at each of the park’s entrances from 8:30 AM – 7 PM, although exact times vary depending on which entrance you use. New York State’s Empire Pass is also accepted at the park’s three entrances.
Shuttle service runs weekends only from May 27 to June 24 and then runs daily throughout the summer until Labor Day, when weekends only resume.
Swimming season runs from mid-June through Labor Day Weekend and is usually open from 11 AM – 7 PM daily, but the park advises visitors to call ahead to confirm operating hours.