New York Waterfall Tour - Day 3 - Watkins Glen State Park

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Watkins Glen Gorge

The small village of Watkins Glen is more or less the western little twin of the city of Ithaca (see blog here). Like Ithaca it is located at the southern tip of one the larger Finger Lakes. Lake Seneca, the largest of the Finger Lakes and the deepest lake in the state, to be precise.

Watkins Glen is home to one of the most surprising state parks in New York State; Watkins Glen State Park. The Park comprises a real canyon! No, not really a Grand Canyon or Waimea Canyon, but unique and indisputable beautiful.

Watkins Glen Gorge
The canyon is called a gorge in this case and is cut out from the sand and limestone sections that remaining in an uplifted rock plateau.

The gorge is 120 meter (400 ft) deep (highest point of the gorge floor to exit of the gorge) and rather narrow. A trail has been created inside the canyon. Mainly a normal path, but at steeper sections real stairs which have been built against the rocks. Sometimes in a very exotic way like a spiral stairway inside a rock, and underneath a waterfall. Glen Creek is still working on the cutting, flowing, and falling its way down creating 19 waterfalls along the canyon route.

On my way back home from Niagara I just had to add this state park to my route. Something I'll never regret. I only kept wondering why I had never visited it earlier..

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst 

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Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
The spiral staircase
The spiral staircase
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
The still active railroad bridge c…
The still active railroad bridge …
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
Watkins Glen Gorge
GPS Height Profile of hiking Watki…
GPS Height Profile of hiking Watk…
GPS Profile of hiking Watkins Glen…
GPS Profile of hiking Watkins Gle…
Watkins Glen
photo by: vances