Carved by glaciers that moved through the area nearly 10,000 years ago, this park in Watkins Glen, New York, is known for its famous gorge.
Nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York lies Watkins Glen State Park. Carved by glaciers that moved through the area nearly 10,000 years ago, this park known for its famous gorge is most visited in the summer, but it is also a great destination during fall and winter months. Since the land became part of the New York State Parks system in 1906, improvements have made it a tourist attraction that draws around 1 million visitors annually. The park’s most popular attraction is the Gorge Trail. The 3-mile, round-trip trek leads visitors through the centerpiece of the park, while treating them to 19 waterfalls that flow along the route. Although the Gorge Trail closes in late October, Watkins Glen State Park remains open to travelers year-round. 1009 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, New York 14891, 607/535-4511, parks.ny.gov