Watkins Glen, a small park in New York state and one of our favorite state parks in the US. The reason is simple: this 2 miles long hike in a glen has 19 waterfalls.
Waterfalls at every step you take? Yes!
At least 19 is the number what we read, but we lost track of counting them very soon, mostly because we were not sure what to count: how high should be a waterfall to be considered a waterfall?
But honestly, we didn’t care about the number at all.
Hiking over and under the countless waterfalls in this narrow canyon was so fascinating! As we walked on the narrow bridges above the falls our first association was Rivendell from The Lord Of The Rings.
Each step inspired me to take photos just like it was the case with Antelope Canyon in Arizona. That’s one of the reasons why it took us half a day to do this otherwise short trail.
Get up early for a romantic walk
We visited the park on a weekday morning and were happy to do that early and on a weekday. As time went by more and more people arrived to the park – which is not surprising at all. But the charm of walking in this magical park almost alone in the early hours was priceless.
Access to the Gorge Trail
There’s two entrances to this park and you can start the Gorge Trail from both of them. If you don’t have time or don’t want to walk back, there’s shuttle service between the entrances. However, I guess you will be happy to walk back and say goodbye to this amazing place properly.
Your entrance fee will cover entrance in any New York State Park on the same day and it’s a great encouragement to visit another state park in the beautiful Finger Lakes area.
Which state park would you recommend in the Finger Lakes area?
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