Letchworth State Park

October 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
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. - See more at: http://nysparks.com/parks/142/details.aspx#sthash.KyZEqtK6.dpuf

Cavern CascadeCavern CascadeThe Cavern Cascade waterfall in Watkins Glen State Park. Watkins Glen is a well-known park near Corning and Ithaca, New York. The two mile-long gorge features 19 waterfalls falling a combined 400 feet. As a child (and later as an adult), I loved to visit Watkins Glen State Park.  The park is a popular visitor attraction in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and is only 90 minutes from Rochester and Syracuse and 30 minutes from Ithaca.  The centerpiece of the park is the gorge.  Over a run of just more than two miles, Glen Creek descends 400 feet through a series of 19 waterfalls with the cliff walls towering 200 feet above the stream in some places.  A series of trails allow visitors to walk alongside the water to look down into the gorge from a higher altitude.  The park office is at the lower end of the gorge and many people start there and walk up the 832 stone steps to the top.  People who can't ascend that far can take a shuttle bus to the top end and enjoy a leisurely walk down the gorge.

In addition to the gorge, the park features tent and trailer campsites as well as excellent picnic facilities.  The nearby village of Watkins Glen is known for the Watkins Glen International raceway which features a series of automotive races and other events during the year.

Watkins WaterfallWatkins WaterfallA waterfall in Watkins Glen State Park. Watkins Glen is a well-known park near Corning and Ithaca, New York. The two mile-long gorge features 19 waterfalls falling a combined 400 feet. One of the 19 waterfalls on Glen Creek in the park

 

Cavern CascadeCavern CascadeThe Cavern Cascade waterfall in Watkins Glen State Park. Watkins Glen is a well-known park near Corning and Ithaca, New York. The two mile-long gorge features 19 waterfalls falling a combined 400 feet.

The Cavern Cascade waterfall.  The path leads directly behind the falls, leaving visitors covered in spray.

 

Letchworth WaterfallLetchworth WaterfallA waterfall in Watkins Glen State Park. Watkins Glen is a well-known park near Corning and Ithaca, New York. The two mile-long gorge features 19 waterfalls falling a combined 400 feet.

Another of the falls in the gorge

 

Rainbow BridgeRainbow BridgeRainbow Bridge crosses the river in Watkins Glen State Park. Watkins Glen is a well-known park near Corning and Ithaca, New York. The two mile-long gorge features 19 waterfalls falling a combined 400 feet. The Rainbow Bridge carrying visitors over Glen Creek

 

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