Watkins Glen State Park

October 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Watkins Glen State Park has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I finally got there last Sunday. Though it was only one day, and I got there a little later then I wanted to, the light was a little too bright. Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen in the Finger Lake region of New York State. The park's lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State. Since 1924, it has been managed by the Finger Lakes Region of the New York State Office of Parks. The centerpiece of the park is a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream. The most photographed part of the gorge is the Rainbow Bridge and Falls, in the right lighting conditions you have a stunning view of the bridge and falls. The trip round trip is approximately three miles, and there are steps all over the place, you get a great workout and a beautiful day trip. I have to say my expectations were completely meet, with the fall colors and leaves in the streams and along the beds it was truly stunning. If you are ever in the area stop by you will not be disappointed.

 


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