Watkins Glen State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Watkins Glen was the first park in the Finger Lakes region and it remains immensely popular today. Its shale and limestone walls have been sculpted by centuries of water from nineteen waterfalls and are nothing less than marvelous to see in person. By camping at Watkins Glen though, it’s possible to admire some of this natural beauty before or after the crowds arrive. With a nod to the Iroquois tribes that built their longhouses across northern and central New York, the large campground on a hill is organized into six loops called villages: Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. Mohawk Village (sites 50–105) is the only loop with electric sites at Watkins Glen. Each group has restrooms with showers and Onondaga is linked to the Gorge Trail. Pets aren’t allowed on the Gorge Trail or near the pool area. Swimming is not permitted in the stream. For more dramatic views of the hanging valley, take Indian Trail or the South Rim Trail above Glen Creek. To learn more about park history, ecology, and geology, join one of the ranger-led gorge tours that run regularly throughout the summer months."