The magical Watkins Glen State Park in the rain | Watkins Glen, New York

Walking along Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park
Everything seems to glisten in the rain.

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 in the rain
You get to see extra waterfalls.
A quiet and rainy day in Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen State Park is a popular place, but it’s much less busy on a rainy day.
Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park
The Gorge Trail is especially magical and quiet when it’s raining.
A waterfall you can walk behind at Watkins Glen State Park
On the trail, you get a little wet walking next to and behind waterfalls anyways.
Waterfalls in Watkins Glen State Park
The rain makes you feel like you’re standing right in the waterfalls.
Rain waterfalls at Watkins Glen State Park
The sound of water running down the stones is truly tranquil.
Walking along Gorge Trail at Watkins Glen State Park
Everything seems to glisten in the rain.
More waterfalls at Watkins Glen State Park
There’s plenty of water running down all the falls.
Kaylene in a poncho at Watkins Glen State Park
Just throw on a poncho over your rain jacket, and you’ll have a great time!

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?

In New York's Fingers Lake region, Watkins Glen State Park has 19 waterfalls, numerous caves, and a gorge trail. You might think this scenic park would be great to visit on a sunny day, but it's also magical in the rain.

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