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We just finished a long holiday weekend staycation! We spent a day at Watkins Glen State Park New York. If you never been to Watkins Glen State Park it is a natural beauty boasting one of the premier gorge and waterfalls in the Finger Lakes Region. It is 2.8 miles and takes between 2 to 3 hours to hike depending upon how many breaks you take to enjoy the beautiful scenery! It is a moderate hike since you will go up 832 stairs!! You will get an appreciation from the cover photo on what I mean by stairs. Your legs will be burning by the time you get to the top! Then of course you need to get back to the parking lot.
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There is a shuttle bus and another trail (that does not have stairs but a similar incline/decline) to the top or to return to the parking lot that does not require you to engage those stairs twice! We took the stairs up and the trails back to our vehicle. The stairs are challenging so be sure to bring plenty of water and take a few breaks. Proper footwear is critical since the stairs could be wet and you will be navigating some difficult terrain (if you are wearing flip flops or something similar). For obvious reasons, dogs are not allowed. If you bring small children or babies you will need to be extra careful as there are a lot of ways of getting injured. One couple brought their stroller – I wished I took a picture – but honestly I was too stunned watching this couple push a stroller across loose rocks and then up the rugged stairs.

The below pictures show the waterfalls that you get to walk behind and for the one waterfall you will get drenched! Though that feels good on a hot day! I used my Samsung Smartphone to take my pictures – luckily it is waterproof. Be careful with expensive cameras due to a lot of moisture and water.

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The below picture is the view behind the waterfall!
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The below picture is the soaker! There is no way of getting through this area and staying dry!!
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The below picture is part of the parking lot before you enter the park.
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Watkins Glen reminded me of Letchworth Park with the stone bridges.
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A lot of photo opportunities!
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Everyone enjoys Watkins Glen – including the Monks who were connected to their smartphones!
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Interesting to see a log stuck!
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A little break spot and then back to the stairs!!! Do they ever end!
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I love this scene – so pretty!
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23 thoughts on “Our Day-Trip to Watkins Glen State Park

  1. koolaidmoms says:

    Gorgeous! Miss Letchworth State Park and Watkins Glen so much. Absolutely lovely pictures.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It is such a beautiful area – I never get tired of places like Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks.

  2. It looks like a wonderful place to spend the day.

    1. Bernice says:

      It is a wonderful place to explore!!

  3. For the summer, this trip is the body’s enjoyment. 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      It is a great hike with beautiful scenery! 🙂

  4. That is one strong waterfall!

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes it is! And there are plenty of opportunities to get wet! It is a beautiful area!

  5. Wow, I’ve never seen a place like this, certainly looks like fun! And to think, you had a great day and an thigh-burning workout all in one.

    1. Bernice says:

      You got it! Beautiful scenery and a great hike burning a ton of calories! Does not get much better than that! 🙂

  6. laflor5233 says:

    What a beautiful place.

    1. Bernice says:

      It is beautiful and so much to take in!

  7. Sartenada says:

    Gorgeous photos from incredible place!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you – it is beautiful and a fun day trip!

  8. 2ndhalfolife says:

    I lived in upstate NY for some years too…near one of the finger lakes..Skaneateles. Well, sort of near. It was so beautiful there. I still have such wonderful memories and friends still there……

    1. Bernice says:

      The Finger Lakes area is so nice!! 🙂

  9. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the park! It sure is a gem!

    1. Bernice says:

      It is such a beautiful place and we will be back again!!

  10. Sophie33 says:

    Waw, bernice! Such a lovely peaceful amazing place to visit! such beauty!!!
    thanks so much for sharing with us all! xxxx You look like a cool lady! 😉 xxx

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome and thank you for the compliment! It was a wonderful visit – New York has some beautiful parks! We are hoping for more adventures in September when it cools down a bit! 🙂

      1. Sophie33 says:

        I can see! 🙂

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