When you see the old railroad bridge suspended high above the gorge, you are nearly at the end of the trail. The trail ends with a bazillion steep steps! (okay, only 180 steps called 'jacob's ladder', but they are steep.) The park planners were kind enough to have landings every zillion or so steps and there is always a few hikers stopping to catch...more
I love this view through the Cavern Cascade. Take a moment to check out the view from behind the falls. The first time I just hurried through because I was worried about gettin my camera wet. When we passed through on the way back I stopped to take a few shots(from a safe and not to misty vantage point of course.) I'm glad I did.more
This shot is from behind the aptly named Rainbow Falls. It's the last of the waterfalls you will come to on your hike, and some might say that they saved the best for last. Not a mighty cascade, it's sort of a glorified trickle that starts way up the side of the gorge, passes over the trail and ends up in the churning stream below.more
The Sentry Bridge and Central Falls greet you as you begin your hike into the park. As you approach the park entrace they are the first thing you see. Go through the tunnel and up the stairs and suddenly you appear on the span looking down into the gorge. From start to finish, this park is impressive.more
The gorge trail takes you right along the edge of the stream past 19 waterfalls, sometimes under them, and sometimes over bridges in front of them or above them. The trail is made out of stone and slate stairs and pathways. Originally this State Park was part of a private resort. The trails are very nicely constructed and maintained.There are 3...more
In the town of Watkins Glen, right at the tip of Seneca Lake is the Seneca Harbor Station. I had read about this resturant in my New York State guide book and when I mentioned they had seafood, Lou's eyes lit up so off we went. We sat on the back porch which overlooks the lake, really lovely scenery. If it's too cold out, you can still enjoy the view through floor to ceiling windows in the dining room.
Favorite Dish: Lou really enjoyed his appitizer of clams and his main course of ribs. My buffalo chicken sandwich was good, but nothing to write home about.
As I surround myself with new scenes I like to also give my insides a taste of the area. I hunt for local products, and here is what I found for the Finger Lakes district. The night included Ithaca beers and Finger Lakes wines. The area has tons of wineries so when in Watkins Glen go down to the main street and make sure you get a bottle of some local prodi. I gotta say, Ithaca has got their brewing skills together, along with their wineing, if thats a word.
Dress Code: Just make sure you bring your hands to hold this sweet bottle of beauty.
A car is much in need here. The town and surrounding areas are rather dispersed and if theres want to make it to other Finger Lakes driving is a definate.
Much to my dismay the State Park gift shop was closed when we returned from our hike. I needed my magnet fix so I hurried across the street to another little souvenier shop. Though they were just closing up for the day (it was 6pm) I managed to sneak in my purchase.
The other purchase I made in Watkins Glen was for my Dad. This town is also well known for it's car racing, and Dad is a big fan. There is a little shop in Franklin Street that sells racing paraphanalia. I picked up some vintage style posters for him. He likes that kinda thing :)
What to buy: Magnets for me and posters for Dad. You might want to pick up some wine at the store next to the Seneca Harbor Station. Unfortunately they were closed when we were there.
Why come to a NATURAL park if you are going to just mess the whole place up? I can't tell you how many bottles I saw in this park! AND there are garbage cans everywhere. PLEASE I beg you, pick up your trash and put it in the proper receptacle!
Walking the trail gorge early in the morning is delightful to the senses. The sights, the sounds, the smells of fall. And then,,,,we heard a great big cracking sound, turned toward the sound, and saw a layer of shale give way and fall, ka-pow! to the ground. It was quite startling! It happened on the other side of the gorge, where there isn't a...more
Good Hiking Shoes are a must! The trails and stairs are sometimes wet and slippery, make sure you wear something with a little grip to the sole.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I thought it would be buggy, but it wasn't that bad at all. Nevertheless, bugspray might be a good idea.
Photo Equipment: Lots of film or room on your media cards. A polarizer is always good to have. And definately a tripod for those soft waterfall shots.
Miscellaneous: It's always a good idea to bring water along on a hike.
What I am about to spit may or may not be true...this is just what I have collected over time from varied sources. A beaver lives in a house made of mud pounded with their tails, and trees downed by their teeth. The dome shaped residences sit a bit off shore and access can only be gained from a entrance that is beneath water. A beaver believes in...more
The word "TOR" refers to a craggy hill or peak. The High Tor Wildlife Management Area consists of 6,100 acres, with truck trails weaving throughout making it easily explorable. The hike sits at the south end of Canindaugua Lake. Naples Creek spills all the montains liquids. If you follow the blue blaze trail you will find natural waterslides and a...more