Outdoor Recreation

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. 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.

Located 7 miles west of Watkins Glen, 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.