Beyond the incredible hiking on the Gorge Trail and Rim Trail, Watkins Glen State Park offers much more to see and experience! Campers and day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout. Here are are some additional details to help you plan your visit...
vehicle entrance fee
It costs $8 per car to enter the park, $35 for non-commercial buses, $75 for commercial buses, and $75 for a non-profit seasonal bus pass. Vehicle entry fees are collected at all gates, from sunrise to sunset, from mid-May through mid-October.
The park offers 305 campsites with restrooms, hot showers, dumping stations and firewood for sale. Reservations are handled through Reserve America.com. Rates range from $18 to $30 per night for tent camping and $58 per night for cabins.
The Olympic-size swimming pool offers welcome refreshment after hiking and exploring. Entry to the pool is included in your $8 vehicle admission fee.
Watkins Glen State Park has 4 pavilions available for advance reservation and rental. These include: the East Pavilion, West Pavilion, Loggia Pavilion, and Iroquois Lodge. Download the reservation form (which includes fees and conditions).
are pets allowed?
Dogs are allowed on the South Rim Trail and the Indian Trail. They must be on a leash of no more than 6 feet, with written proof of rabies inoculation required. Possessing a rabies tag is not proof. You must also carry the certificate with you. For the safety of all visitor, dogs are not allowed on the Gorge Trail. Pets are allowed in some camp loops, please see campsite details for additional information.
For additional information, please contact the park directly:
(607) 535-4511 or visit the NYS Parks Watkins Glen State Park Website