The Finger Lakes region of New York is known for its natural beauty. With 11 freshwater lakes and several state parks, it’s no wonder why. Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous recreation area in the Finger Lakes, making it a must-visit for your next trip to this area! Cascading waterfalls, stunning rock formations, and bright greenery make it one of the most enchanting places to visit in the Finger Lakes. Read on to learn more about what this Finger Lakes state park has to offer!
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The Best Things to Do at Watkins Glen State Park
Getting There from Hammondsport
One of the things we love most about the town of Hammondsport is how central it is to all the best things to do in the Finger Lakes region, like Watkins Glen State Park. The New York state park is only a 30-minute drive from Hammondsport, making it an easy day trip!
Hike the Famous Gorge Trail
The famed Gorge Trail is a must for your visit to Watkins Glen State Park. This 1.5-mile trail is open from mid-May to late October, so you can enjoy it during the most beautiful seasons. The Gorge Trail follows the flow under Glen Creek, which descends 400 feet, creating 19 waterfalls along the path! It’s especially beautiful in the spring after it’s rained!
This trail features 832 stone steps, so be sure to wear your most comfortable hiking boots. But, with so much beautiful scenery, we doubt you’ll notice until later!
Have a Picnic
You’re sure to work up an appetite after completing the Gorge Trail! So, be sure to pack a lunch to enjoy at the park. Watkins Glen State Park has picnic facilities where you can enjoy a well-deserved treat surrounded by local greenery.
Parks In Hammondsport
Not feeling up for a hike as strenuous as the Gorge Trail? Don’t worry! There are a few parks in Hammondsport, NY, that are great for simply relaxing and taking in beautiful views.
Stay Nearby at The Hammondsport Hotel
Rest your tired muscles at the Hammondsport Hotel after a day of hiking at Watkins Glen State Park. As we previously mentioned, our Hammondsport, NY, hotel is just a short drive from this New York state park, making our hotel a convenient home base for all your Finger Lakes adventures! Our accommodations include Standard 2 Queen Rooms, 2 Queen Suites, Standard King Rooms, and King Suites. Overnight guests can enjoy access to our hotel amenities like daily breakfast, a 24/7 exercise facility, an indoor heated pool (It’s great for soothing tired muscles!), and more.
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