Population: 2000 (2019)
Location: Southern end of Seneca Lake
Nearby TownsIthaca (24 miles), Corning (21 miles), Hammondsport (20 miles) 

Watkins Glen sits at the southern end of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. A small town with a big reputation, Watkins Glen is famous for its storied ties to auto racing. Beyond auto racing, the village of  remains a tourist attraction, with a quaint Main Street, a wide pier and a popular park that is the site of concerts and festivals each summer.

Accommodations are easy to come by. You’ll find more than a dozen Bed & Breakfasts in the village, as well as a few fabulous Hotels. Lakefront cabins and private home rentals are also available. 



Watkins Glen International Raceway


Watkins Glen International Raceway is a historic and celebrated tradition in Watkins Glen, NY

Hike the breathtaking Gorge Trail along waterfalls, camp, picnic, fish, corss country ski, or swim!

A luxurious AAA Four Diamond award-winning full-service hotel on beautiful Seneca Lake.



Watkins Glen State Park-Watkins Glen State Park is a big attraction for visitors, with three excellent hiking trails. Our favorite is the Gorge Trail that passes over and under waterfalls as it winds through the gorge at the heart of the park. Hiking, fishing, hunting and cross-country skiing are popular activities in the park.The park also has the following amenities:

-camp sites
-tent trailer sites
-gift shop


Clute Park Campground
35 acre campground within walking distance to downtown Watkins Glen. Amenities include:
Swimming area, Picnic area, Fishing, Boat launch, Tennis courts, Playground, Skate park, Kayak rentals and launch area.
Address: 155 S. Clute Park Drive, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: 607 535-4438


Catherine Valley Trail
A compact stone-dust trail which accommodates walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Currently only six of the twelve miles is available for use. Once construction is completed, the trail will extend from the village of Watkins Glen to Horseheads. The trail follows abandoned railroads, canal towpath corridors and it passes through a variety of wildlife habitats.
Address:265 N Catherine St, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Phone:(607) 535-4511
Park Map



Watkins Glen has many beautiful waterfalls to offer but we highly recommend visiting these first:
-Aunt Sarah’s Falls
-Deckertown Falls
-Eagle Cliff Falls
-Excelsior Glen
-Shequaga Falls
-Watkins Glen State Park

Check out Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce website for the complete list of waterfalls in the area



Montour Falls Farmers Market
Starting June 16th, the market will be open every Thursday at 4pm through September. You’ll find local vendors, delicious food, live music, community resources and outreach.
Address:Firemen’s Field State Route 224, Montour Falls, NY



There are so many things to do in Watkins Glen all year round. However, the warmer months of Spring, Summer and Fall have special events peppered throughout the calendar. From live music and entertainment to supporting a cause, here are some annual favorites you don’t want to miss.

For up to date information such as dates, times and location- see the direct link to the official site for each event. 

Ice Bar- Fire & Ice (January)
Finger Lakes Wine Festival (This is the largest of all the wine festivals in the Finger Lakes. It takes place every July.)
The Arc grand Prix Run/Walk (August)
Finger Lakes Beer Festival (October)



European-style road racing took hold in America in 1948 when a local law student and racing enthusiast organized a race that spanned the asphalt, cement and dirt roads in Watkins Glen. In 1956, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course (now known as Watkins Glen International) opened, and it has played host to NASCAR, SCCA, and Indy Car events as well as concerts and other events.