Watkins Glen State Park
Update as of October 12, 2021: The Watkins Glen State Park rim trails (north and south) are open and will remain open all year. In addition, the parking areas will be maintained throughout the fall and winter seasons. The gorge trail will close for the 2021 season on October 24, 2021, with an expected reopening in mid- to late-May of 2022. Camping areas at the State Park are closed as of today. Campers wishing to come for the fall are invited to call the Watkins Glen KOA. In addition to the rim trails, hikers may be interested in the Catherine Valley Trail, which also stays open all year. For our visitors chasing waterfalls, please review year-round road-side waterfalls. Mother Nature is a talented ice sculptor!
Located at the intersection of Main Street and Mother Nature, this park was recently ranked #1 in New York State by Conde Nast Traveler. And, while you're hiking, be on the look-out for Rainbow Falls: this waterfall is #8 on Conde Nast Traveler's list of must-see waterfalls in the nation. In addition to the incredible hiking on the Gorge Trail and rim Trails, Watkins Glen State Park offers much to see and experience! Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, 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. Here are are some additional details to help you plan your visit...
VEHICLE ENTRANCE FEE
It costs $10 per car to enter the park, $35 for non-commercial buses, $75 for commercial buses, and $75 for a non-profit seasonal bus pass. Vehicle entry fees are collected at all gates, from sunrise to sunset, from mid-May through mid-October.
The park offers 305 campsites with restrooms, hot showers, dumping stations and firewood for sale. Reservations are handled through Reserve America.com. Rates range from $18 to $30 per night for tent camping and $58 per night for cabins.
The Olympic-size swimming pool offers welcome refreshment after hiking and exploring. Entry to the pool is included in your $8 vehicle admission fee.
Watkins Glen State Park has 4 pavilions available for advance reservation and rental. These include: the East Pavilion, West Pavilion, Loggia Pavilion, and Iroquois Lodge. Download the reservation form (which includes fees and conditions).
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
Dogs are allowed on the South Rim Trail and the Indian Trail. They must be on a leash of no more than 6 feet, with written proof of rabies inoculation required. Possessing a rabies tag is not proof. You must also carry the certificate with you. For the safety of all visitor, dogs are not allowed on the Gorge Trail. Pets are allowed in some camp loops, please see campsite details for additional information.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK DIRECTLY:
(607) 535-4511 or visit the NYS Parks Watkins Glen State Park Website