West side view of Seneca Lake
West side view of Seneca Lake

Talk about a great view! Last week we visited Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake to enjoy some wine tasting and hiking. We stayed at Seneca Lodge in Watkins Glen. We were right across the street from the South entrance to Watkins Glen state park.

We had a great time not just visiting wineries but also taking in the sights. There are a lot of water falls to visit in the area but due to the drastic drought we are in right now they weren’t as breathtaking as they usually are.

Seneca Lake Marina
Seneca Lake Marina

Seneca Lake is (I think) the deepest lake in the United States. The lake is about 40 miles long and we stayed at the bottom, about 2 miles from the lake.

Water Fall at Seneca Lake
Water Fall at Seneca Lake

You can see how low the water is by this photo – this is mid point on one of the awesome waterfalls located along the east side of the lake. We climbed down from the road level to check out the waterfall.

Watkins Glen State Park Gorge
Watkins Glen State Park Gorge

Watkins Glen State Park was beautiful. We hike the gorge trail early in the morning to stay cool and avoid the crowds. The total hike was around 2 miles long. It was interesting to see everything with such low water because you could really see the rocks and the holes. I would like to visit again when the water was higher.

Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen State Park

This view is near the top of the Gorge trail. All the walkways are stone with some side walls. There were several very deep holes along the stream, very hard to tell how deep they were!

Behind the waterfall
Behind the waterfall

This photo was taken behind the waterfall near the main entrance. We stopped there hoping to pick up a map for our hike another day but since you had to pay $8 to park we decided to hike up to this even though there were a TON of people there.┬áThere were a few large tour buses parked in the lot and the regular parking lot was full. You had to really be careful and pay attention to what others were doing. This part of the gorge would be must better to do when it was less crowded. This is standing at the top of this area behind the waterfall. I’m sure in the spring this is more than just a trickle!

Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen State Park

This photo was taken in my favorite section of the hike. I’m standing on a stone bridge that takes you from the right side to the left side to continue the trek. I love how this hole is the perfect swimming spot. Again, I’m almost glad to have gotten to see this with less water to really see the rocks. It is amazing what water can do over time!

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