Description - Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. In addition, the park offers scenic hiking trails, an Olympic-size pool, tent and RV sites, wonderful fishing in Seneca Lake and Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.
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Watkins Glen State Park
- Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, 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.
Glen Creek collects hillside water originating on Sugar Hill. This water flows into Seneca Lake which flows to Cayuga Lake then onto Lake Ontario and eventually the St. Lawrence River to its terminus, the Great North Atlantic.
Recreation - In addition to the spellbinding scenery of this park it does offer a list of usual park amenities including biking, camping, hunting, a children's playground, showers, swimming opportunities, fishing, hiking, picnicking, picnic pavilion rental, recreation programs, cross-country skiing in winter and even a gift shop. The park is open year-round with the gorge trails closing in winter. Bow hunting for white-tailed deer is permitted in season.
Climate - The Watkins Glen area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). It is important to note that this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the nation. Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from less than 36 inches to approximately 40 inches of rain and snowmelt.
The main entrance to Watkins Glen State Park is located just south of Seneca Lake in the Village of Watkins Glen.