Experience the outdoors in beautiful Schuyler County

Where mother nature meets main street

Watkins Glen and Schuyler County can best be described as that place where Mother Nature meets Main Street. Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of downtown Watkins Glen offers a breathtaking walking experience of cliffs and waterfalls - 19 in less than 2 miles. It was voted the #3 State Park in the country in a USA Today Readers' Choice Poll. Outside of the park, other outdoor opportunities await...

On land

Trails and Hiking

► The Finger Lakes National Forest is nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, located just a few minutes drive from downtown Watkins Glen. It is the only national forest in New York State, one of only three in the Northeast, and it is expansive - covering over 16,000 acres.

► The Catharine Valley Trail is a year-round recreational trail that accommodates walking, bicycling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing through the glacially-carved valley south of Seneca Lake.

Sugar Hill State Forest covers over 9,000 acres and offers an abundance of recreational activities. There are miles of trails for hiking, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. Roads throughout the area offer great biking opportunities.

Havana Glen Park located just south of the village of Montour Falls offers a playground, camping, pavilions and picnicking, and the breathtaking Eagle Cliff Falls, which is just a short walk from the parking lot.

► The Finger Lakes Trail (or the FLT) also winds its way through the region. The main FLT is 580 miles long. There are 6 branch trails and 29 loop trails and spur trails that extend from the main FLT. These branch, loop and spur trails currently total 412 miles. Including the Main Trail and all branch, loop, and side trails, the Finger Lakes Trail System offers 1,000 miles of hiking.

On the water

Water activities are abundant on our many lakes and waterways including Seneca, Cayuta, Waneta, and Lamoka Lakes, where you can find sailing, boating, paddling, swimming, fishing, and more.

Catharine Creek boasts one of the best salmon runs in the area each spring and local guides and outfitters can provide expert advice, gear, and even offer guided trips.

For details on fishing regulations in the State of New York, please click here. For details on where and how to purchase a fishing license, please click here.