Hiking Watkins Glen State Park, Seneca Lake – New York

Of all the hikes we did in the Seneca Lake area of the Finger Lakes – Taughannock Falls, Robert H. Treman State Park and Buttermilk Falls – our morning in Watkins Glen was one of my favorites.

I was on Graham duty since Charles carried him through the last 3 hikes, so I was excited to have him join me on the hike {and take all.the.selfies! Ha!}

The hiking carrier we used is an older version similar to this. It was awesome – can’t say enough good things about it. We’ve used it in the city, during parades/events previously and its great to have to prop the littles up and safely out of the way, but so they can see everything going on, comfortably!

Ok – back to the hike! This one was super different than the others we had done earlier in the week because the ‘main event’ which is the waterfall is something you see right in the beginning of the hike!

You can sort of see it in the back of this photo! It’s RIGHT THERE at the start of the hike – which is different and cool. And makes it easier for people who aren’t as committed to hiking to get to see it.

This hike has lots of stairs, but some of them came along with tunnels, which the boys were fans of!

So here we are, less than a half a mile into the hike and we are at the Cavern Cascade. This waterfall is really cool because you get to walk right behind it. It was so fun!

Seriously the boys were mesmerized – and I was too, it was really neat to hike right up to the top of the waterfall and reach out to touch the falling water.

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks – and after our hike I can definitely see why. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course.

It was so stinkin’ beautiful – everywhere you looked.

As I mentioned before, there were lots of stairs on the Gorge trail, it followed the water up and down. The photo below gives you an idea of the trail – flat with a short stone barrier on the side. Brooks had a bit of freedom to roam, but Graham mostly stayed in the carrier.

More waterfalls you get to walk under! Can you imagine this place after a good rain storm?! It would be really fun to see that too! Probably would be a completely different hike!

The one good thing about having Graham along with me for the hike was he kept me fueled up with all.the.snacks. He had the best time snacking and feeding me along the way.

Also – Cheese It’s while hiking are all sorts of awesome. I highly recommend it. Especially if you can get them fed to you by a sweet little babe.

Family photo {Brooks is not standing on the edge, don’t worry}

After a few miles, Graham wanted to get out and explore a bit. Can’t blame him for that, but the one amazing thing about this hike is there are two parts – the Rim trail and the Gorge trail. We did the Gorge climbing up and at the top it ends at a little park with restrooms and concessions. There’s also a bus option that leaves regularly for people that only want to go one way.

The kids stayed with my parents at a cute little playground and myself, my brother, sister-in-law and husband walked {quickly!} back down via the Rim Trail to get the car and pick up the kids, since they were pretty done at this point. Worked out great and we got to head back a different way.

There was a little bit of back tracking on this trail, but I do have to say the only cool part about the Rim trail was going on the suspension bridge {which was mildly terrifying for me}

It was cool to be able to see everything from so far up, again this place would look so different after a nice, solid rain storm!

All in all it was a fabulous hike and if you are in the Finger Lakes area you HAVE to add this one to your list, it’s a must visit for sure!

 

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  • Reply Patty August 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Great recap and photos – wishing I was back in the Finger Lakes today!

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