Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Watkins Glen State Park is an absolutely stunning park and well worth a visit for a plethora of reasons. For starters, the park won third place out of over 6,000 state parks in USA TODAY 2015 Readers’ Choice for Best State Park in the United States. When seeing photos of this beautiful destination, you may think ah, that’d be a lovely place to explore on a sunny day... And yes it is, but Watkins Glen State Park is also magical on a rainy day. So don’t write it off just because it’s raining when you’re in Watkins Glen, New York.
The rain makes you feel like you’re right there in all of the park’s 19 waterfalls. One of the biggest attractions in Watkins Glen State Park is the Gorge Trail, a short hike that gives you up close looks at these stunning waterfalls and numerous caves. So put on your rain jacket and hiking shoes and let’s do some exploring! Here are nine photos and reasons to visit Watkins Glen State Park even if it’s raining.
Nine photos & reasons to visit Watkins Glen State Park in the rain
Watkins Glen State Park has free entrance if you’re on foot, and if you’re driving, it’s an $8 fee per vehicle. No matter the weather, I recommend wearing hiking shoes when walking along the Gorge Trail. The stone trail can get slippery from the rushing waterfalls and moisture dripping down the gorge walls.
When traveling in the United States, remember to not only visit and support National Park Service sites but also state parks. The US boasts over 8,500 state parks with more than 14,600 trails to be explored. What’s the last state park you’ve visited and what state parks are on your bucket list?