Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Today we headed for Watkins Glen State Park.  We were really excited to see the park as it is the most famous of the parks in the Finger Lakes area.  


Parking Lot and Path to the Gorge Path

Entering the first of the Tunnels

Our first view of the waterfall - right at the beginning
Within two miles of this waterfall, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs.  All in all there are 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.   We were also warned that we would climb 800 steps if we walked the whole two miles!  And we are off. . . . . .

View of the Park from the first bridge on Gorge Path

Lots of water at this park

Okay, you can see some of the 800 steps going up

Heart-shaped Pools

Lee Waving Before He Heads Under the Falls

Cascade Caverns

We will go over the Suspension Bridge Above Later On Our Hike

More of the 800 Steps are involved in seeing all the falls!

Lee is taking a break

We are surrounded in the beauty of nature!

Glen Cathedral

Glen Cathedral

Waterfall at the end of Glen Cathedral

Closeup of the Glen Cathedral Falls

That's me on the bridge

Lee and Mary

Rainbow Falls

Lee Taking Pictures of the Frog Below

This Little Guy Took The Ride of His Life a Little Later On

What an awesome place!

Lee Under Rainbow Falls

Mary under Rainbow Falls

More Steps but the views are well worth it!

Frowning Cliff - Can you see him?

The Gorge In All Its Glory

Mary in the Gorge

The Frog is Going Over the Falls as he 
could not get up on the rocks

Here is what the frog traveled down - what a ride!

Inside of taking all the stairs back down, we took the 
upper trail back - the Ridge Trail

Looking down from the Ridge trail

The Suspension Bridge we saw earlier

Looking down from the suspension bridge

We finally reached the Gorge Trail and 
followed that the rest of the way back.

After we finished the hike, we went to another area of the park and had a picnic lunch.  We were both pretty hungry by the time we finished the hike through the gorge.

What a wonderful day!!

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