Parks & Playgrounds

Unwind by the lake, enjoy the shade of lush trees, or spend some time exploring

 

Watkins Glen State Park

is the crowning jewel of Schuyler County parks and one of the flagship parks of the New York State Parks system. It features 19 waterfalls in 2 miles. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the cascading spray of caverns. UPDATE 5/9/2018: A portion of The Gorge Trail is now open - from Couch's Staircase to Glen Cathedral. The best way to access Couch's Staircase is via the South Entrance (3528 Route 419, Watkins Glen, NY 14891). Proceed through the entrance, park in the lot to your right, and head down the trail behind the stone pavilion. You'll receive a trail map upon entry to the park. The Gorge Trail is open seasonally through the end of October. The Rim Trail overlooks the gorge and is open year-round. It is also dog-friendly, whereas dogs are not permitted on the Gorge Trail. You can stay at the park thanks to the tent and trailer camping. There is also  a playground, Olympic-size swimming pool, and picnic facilities to enjoy. For more information, please click here.

Clute Park

(155 S. Clute Park Drive, Watkins Glen, NY) is located directly on the southern shore of Seneca Lake, offering 35 acres of recreation and lakefront bliss within walking distance of downtown Watkins Glen. The park boasts tennis courts, a soccer field, swimming, bathhouses, picnic tables, a playground, skate park, grills, ball field, camping, and even a boat launch. Be sure to check out Movies on the Lake on Wednesdays in July and August. New in 2018, you'll find Central Hots selling their famous Texas hots (and more!) and the Great Escape selling their delicious ice cream. For more information, please click here.

Havana Glen Park

(135 Havana Glen Road, Montour Falls, NY) is located at the southern end of the village of Montour Falls. Enjoy ball fields, playgrounds, camping, and a beautiful short hike to the incredible Eagle Cliff Falls. The park also provides birding, with over 100 species having been documented here. For more information, please click here.

LaFayette Park

(corner of 4th and Decatur Streets, Watkins Glen, NY) has a playground, picnic tables, a bandstand where there is live music every Tuesday during July and August, and the Watkins Glen Farmers Market takes place here as well every Friday from May through October. For more information, please click here.

Smith Park

(5303 Lake Avenue, Hector, NY) is just 9 miles north of Watkins Glen on the east side of Seneca Lake. This beautiful waterfront park offers a camping, picnicking, a boat launch, swimming beach, and shower facilities. For more information, please click here.