Watkins Glen
Hiking The Gorge
July 2022


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We wanted to get away for a few days so we headed to Watkins Glen NY. The most notable feature of the area is the gorge and waterfalls located in the Watkins Glen State Park. We visited here some years ago at a younger time in our lives. Hiking UP the gorge trail and then coming back DOWN was just a little much for us so we were pleased to hear that there is a $6/pp shuttle to take us to the upper entry point into the park. We figured hiking down hill would be easier. 

A funny observation… we saw a man carrying a child in a backpack at the main entrance when we parked our car. By the time we got the shuttle and it took us to the top, here was there! We chatted, he sipped some water, and headed back down. Once upon a time we were young too. 

One way on the trail is about 1-1/2 miles with an elevation change of about 700 feet. Climbing down into the gorge from the upper entrance involved navigating Jacob’s Ladder and its 187 steps. Most of the way is shaded which is nice on a summers day. Visiting this place isn’t to be missed. 

In the meantime, stay safe….

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