Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen, NY

About Watkins Glen State Park

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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 daytime visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, modern playground, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities, and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or in Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.

Features 306 campsites. Although none are on the water, campers have only a short walk (or drive) down the hill to visit the neighboring waterfalls. 54 sites are electric.

Watkins Glen State Park is located in the village of Watkins Glen, at the south end of Seneca Lake, in Schuyler County.

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Overview
  1. Located in the village of Watkins Glen at the south end of Seneca Lake.
  2. 306 campsites, 54 offer electric hookup
  3. Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with its two miles of the glen's stream which descends 400 feet past 200 foot cliffs with 19 waterfalls along its course.
  4. Visitors will enjoy near by fishing, picnicking, a playground, hiking, hunting and swimming in an Olympic sized and kiddie pool
  5. There are 19 waterfalls to enjoy along the Gorge Trail
Campground Feature Summary
    Pool. Can be more challenging for RVs due to trees and narrow roads. Easy access sites. Electric sites. Large RV friendly sites. Caters more to tents and smaller trailers. Deep sites set back from the road. Mainly level sites. Many sloped sites. Fairly shaded sites. Semi-wooded. Very shaded sites. Very wooded. Some tent specific sites. Very busy during summer months / holiday weekends. Private sites. Semi-private sites.

Camping Fees

$15/night non-electric, add $6 for electric sites
Weekend/Holiday surcharge $4/night
Out of state patrons surcharge $5/night

Camping Season Dates

Fri May 13, 2016 thru Sun Oct 9, 2016
Fri May 12, 2017 thru Sun Oct 8, 2017

Campgrounds Within a 60 Minute Drive

Robert H Treman: 25.0 miles, 35 min
Taughannock Falls: 23.3 miles, 38 min
Sampson: 28.8 miles, 43 min
Keuka Lake: 32.3 miles, 46 min
Cayuga Lake: 41.3 miles, 57 min

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