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How to Visit Watkins Glen, New York

    • 1). Check out the New York State Parks website. This page will tell you of upcoming events you may be able to take part in while in Watkins Glen. These events are usually tours that take place in the summer that can add a bit of fun to your trip.

    • 2). Get directions to Watkins Glen, New York by using Mapquest or another online mapping service. Or you can call (607) 535-4511 for directions. If you want to make reservations, then call (800) 456-2267.

    • 3). The park is more deserted in the early morning, so if you want some solitude, that would be a good time to go. When you arrive at the state park, there is a $7 entry fee per car.

    • 4). Begin your adventure at the parking lot. If you brought a picnic and camera with you, take them out and get ready for a hike. Begin trekking up the Gorge and continue until you get to the top. From this point, walk up Jacob's Ladder. Once you've accomplished this, it may be a good time to take a break and enjoy your picnic.

    • 5). Head back down the trail and take a right onto the South Rim Trail. You will cross over the Gorge on this trail and eventually come upon the Indian Trail. From here you can trek all the way back to the bottom. Make sure to get lots of pictures if you brought your camera.

    • 6). Depending on what time of the year it is, you can also take part in various other activities. The park offers cross-country skiing and deer hunting in season.

    • 7). If you brought a tent or trailer, now is a good time to set up camp. Once your camp is set up, you can take the kids to the nearby playground. There is also an Olympic-sized swimming pool that can be enjoyed. This will come in handy if you came up during an especially hot summer.

    • 8). Go fishing if you brought your gear. Nearby Seneca Lake and Catherine Creek have a great run of rainbow trout during the spring.

    • 9). Stop in by the gift shop before leaving the park. Make sure you used specified dumping areas and do not litter in the park.

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