This installment will focus on one of the most well known attractions of the area – Watkins Glen State Park in Watkins Glen, New York. Watkins Glen is a cute little village at the base of Seneca Lake – the largest of the glacial Finger Lakes of the U.S. state of New York, and the deepest lake entirely within the state.
The main entrance to the park is on Franklin Street – the main drag through the heart of Watkins Glen where there are a number of good restaurants and bars with yummy vegan options. Also it is part of the Seneca Lake Wine train where there are countless wineries, many of which have vegan wines. These restaurants, bars, and wineries will be covered in depth in the next installments of this blog series. So check back soon!
The state park, described by an excerpt from the park’s official website:
‘Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, and picnic facilities.’
Some portions of the trail can certainly be challenging to some, (parts of the trail have a good number of steps to climb) but there are alternative routes to make it easier and quicker to navigate. But the magnificence of the natural wonders of the park makes you want to just take your time, walk at your pace and just take it all in at a slower pace. It is a great way to spend some time and reflect and enjoy the beauty created by the power of nature. It is also a great way to work up an appetite for some of the vegan options around the town!
Really there isn’t much more to say about the park, so please take a moment and check out the gallery of photos – as the saying goes, they are worth a thousand words!