Nighttime was spent about 2 miles away from the park at a KOA. KOA I believe is Kampgrounds of America. This was my first encounter with this kind. We had a group site so it only stole 7.50 cents from my wallet. Rumor has it that a single site is a bit pricey, somewhere aroun 25$ for a night. Well hack off a limb.
Park over in the parking lot on 414. This will set you at the bottom of the Gorge Trail, and greet you with a view of whats to come. The trail hugs the edge of the gorge crisscrossing in front and behind waterfalls(Cavern Cascade and Rainbow Falls). The path rises up high over the river and then will suddenly bring you down to waters edge. Its more of a huge staircase made of stone, but well maintained, and even yet slippery conditions will persist. Since the place once was a resort before NYS bought it, the gorge is very walkable. Get there early (8 am), because on my way out the crowds were swarming around the waterfalls.
There a a handfull of trails here, some cut by water, some cut by Native Americans and some cut with scissors (maybe). My best suggestion on how to navigate this park is start at the parking lot at 414. Walk up the Gorge and go all the way to the top, walk up Jacobs Ladder and have a picnic recharge at the top. Then proceed back down and turn right onto the South Rim trail. This parts easy on the legs much unlike what they previously endured. This path will cross over the gorge and lead you onto the Indian Trail. Take it all the way back to the bottom and buy yourself an icecream cone. Job well done, you did just slightly better than that hearing beep test you took in your third grade nurse office. Hooray!
Yes thats a butterfly there.
Dogs on leash are allowed,,,,Except not on the gorge trail!
Please don't feed the wildlife...they can take care of themselves.
There is a $6.00 entrance fee per vechicle.
Although the park is open year-round, the trails, especially the gorge trail, can be closed at any time due to poor weather conditions.
The water passes through the gorge in tight and not so tight situations. Heres a tight sitch. Usually the bottom of these tight zones sport a carved pool.
With the helping hand of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's the path was constructed and navigated below the Cavern Cascade.