For a trail map and more information about the park, visit the New York State Parks website here. There is a small fee to enter the park.
We started at the Main Entrance and took the Gorge Trail. The trail follows the gorge as you walk next to, above, and even behind the many waterfalls along the way. The stone path can get very wet and slippery from the spray. There are also about 800 steps along the way! The trail isn't difficult, though - you'll be stopping a lot to just take in all the sights!
|View down into the gorge|
|Inside the gorge|
We took the Indian Trail back. There are a couple short paths that will bring you back to the Gorge Trail from the Indian Trail. We walked down to the suspension bridge, which is 85 feet above the gorge, and then got back on the Gorge Trail to get back to the parking lot. Our total hike was approximately 3 miles. Watkins Glen is really popular and can get very crowded, so I would recommend going early in the day.
The pictures kind of speak for themselves, although at the same time the pictures don't do justice to the beauty of Watkins Glen - you really have to see it for yourself!