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Watkins Glen

Saturday 05/07/2022 10:00 am

Hike rating:

Distance – 7 miles; Terrain – Strenuous; Pace – Moderate; Overall rating – Strenuous due to steep ups

Event/Trailhead location:

Watkins Glen State Park parking area (click for map).

Hike Leader:
Gary Mallow


Hike leader contact information will be sent in the email acknowledging that you have registered for this hike. 

Hike Details:


For much of the way in Watkins Glen State Park, Glen Creek runs 90 feet below you. Over millenia, the creek has carved out a dramatically steep gorge with many waterfalls and cataracts. Hucksters once marketed Watkins Glen as the 8th Wonder of the World. Hyperbole, perhaps, but the Glen is certainly worth the trip.

On this hike you may witness the last of spring melt in the gorge, producing a torrent of water and some impressive cataracts and waterfalls. Dramatic sandstone and shale formations visible in the creek resulted from the deposits of an eon ago, and then subsequent erosion. A large train trestle spans the gorge and a couple of dams that were constructed to protect the village from spring flooding are evidence of recent human influence.

This hike is out-and-back and has steep uphill/downhill pitches. It might include slippery footing.

Driving time is 45 minutes to the park from Ithaca, one way. 

Conditions on the trail are likely to including mud, standing water and slippery footing. Wear sturdy waterproof hiking boots, bring water and lunch, and dress in layers for the weather.

If you will have difficulty navigating to the start point for the hike, email the hike leader at the address above.

Check this space the day of the hike for any changes or a cancellation.

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