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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Watkins Glen is a must-see if you’re hitting the trails this summer in the Ithaca and surrounding areas.
This state park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with “a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound” and is home to the federally-threatened Leedy's roseroot wildflower.
Within two miles you’ll see 19 waterfalls and 200 foot cliffs. Bring a friend or your dog, but be aware that you may get wet hiking through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge, much like Buttermilk State Park. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.
The North Country Trail is Watkins Glen’s longest trail topping in at 4.7 miles. However, if you’re looking for a short and leisurely stroll there are over three trails that are approximately 2 miles long. Overall, Watkins Glen has 7 different trails you can choose from!
Watkins Glen State Park is located off of Route 14 in Watkins Glen, NY 14891, on the south side of Seneca Lake. You can find printable maps and trail information by visiting nyparks.com.
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