Breathtaking Getaway to Watkins Glen State Park near Seneca Lake

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For a splendid state park getaway, visit Watkins Glen State Park and Seneca Lake. With breathtaking waterfalls, picturesque hiking trails, and numerous water activities, the park will make an astonishing weekend getaway for everybody: couples, families, and friends! ⁠⁠

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Getaway Description

Watkins Glen State Park, located on the southern shore of beautiful Seneca Lake, is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. The Glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The views are breathtaking, and the photo ops are just stunning!

Watkins Glen State Park is best known for its rugged 1.5-mile Gorge Trail named one of the top hikes in the U.S. There is also a 1.1-mile North Rim Trail and 1.8-mile South Rim Trail that run along the gorge's wooded rim.

The other amenities of the park include swimming in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, sailing, boating, fishing, and hunting. In the winter months, there is cross-country skiing for tourists. You will find a playground for kids, picnic areas, The Glen Café with local wine and beer to taste, grills, and a gift shop. A large patio is a perfect place to sit and enjoy your waterfall adventure.

The trails are available from mid-May to early November while the park is open year-round.

🐶 Pets Allowed: yes


The cost is only $10 for parking.

Where To Stay

The park has 279 comfortable camping sites available, and nine rustic, off-grid cabins. The camping offers all the necessary amenities while still allowing space and privacy between sites. The sites are pet friendly!

Also, you can stay at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, the top-rated hotel in Watkins Glen. Located right on Seneca Lake, it is only 11 minutes walk from Watkins Glen State Park.

There are 104 comfortable rooms and suites with spectacular lake views from the balconies. The amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub, outdoor fire pit, on-site restaurant with a dietary menu and kids’ food, the patio for al fresco dining overlooking Seneca Lake, bar, fitness center, and 24-hour room service.

The cost range is $144 – $357 for a standard room. Great 4.5 TripAdvisor Reviews.



Located in Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes region, NY. Great for a day trip from Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Columbus


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