WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK
If you looking to do a beautiful hike through some of the most scenic parts of New York, then place Watkins Glen on your to-do list.
Watkins Glen in upstate New York has magnificent carved tunnels, wooden and brick bridges, sculpted walkways which all wind through an ancient valley. Water cuts through the steep gorge which creates a variety of waterfalls and microhabitats along the way.
Randee and I followed the 1.5 mile long trail, climbing the massive amount of steps which gave us a great workout going up. The trail was wet, so we took our time coming down as we wanted to avoid falling on the slippery walkways.
The trail is well marked with dirt and stone trails with steps. Brown wooden posts with yellow lettering describe the various historic areas.
Cost is $8 per car to park at the bottom or the top of the gorge parking areas. We parked at the bottom and took the hike uphill to the top, then returned along the trail. Watkins Glen is beautiful and well worth the trip.