Watkins Glen and Schuyler County can be best described as that place where Mother Nature meets Main Street. Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of downtown Watkins Glen offers a breathtaking experience - 19 waterfalls in less than 2 miles along the Gorge Trail.
Outside of the park, other opportunities await. The Finger Lakes National Forest is nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. It is the only National Forest in the Finger Lakes, 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 beautiful valley south of Seneca Lake.
Located 7 miles west of the village of Watkins Glen, Sugar Hill State Forest covers over 9,000 acres and offers an abundance of recreational activities including hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and camping.
Water activities are also abundant on our many lakes and waterways including Seneca Lake, Cayuta Lake, Waneta Lake, and Lamoka Lake, 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. Local guides and outfitters can provide expert advice, gear, and even offer guided trips!
Explore the region by car, by boat, by foot, by bike... no matter how you slice it, you're bound to have an amazing experience! From planning a wine country wedding to visiting stunning waterfalls. Enjoying the arts at upscale museums and galleries to getting out and enjoying the abundance of water activities. Feeling the adrenaline pump at a NASCAR or IndySeries race, trying your hand at the slots, or taking in a show, there is something for everyone to enjoy and something special at every turn!