Wonderfully Wet Watkins Glen State Park
Recently Ben and I visited with some of my relatives in the Village of Burdett, and we were able to do a lot during our visit even though we were there for less than 48 hours. Besides visiting with my family, going to Lodi Point State Park, Wagner Vineyards, The Crooked Rooster, and the Seneca Harbor Wine Center, my aunt and uncle took us to Watkins Glen State Park, which was pretty much the highlight of the trip.
As you can tell from past posts, Ben and I love hiking, so already this was right up our alley! Connecticut doesn’t have any cool gorges like Watkins Glen, though, so this really was quite the treat. Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, and it’s easy to see why: throughout the 1.5 mile path there is water flow that drops over 400 feet. Some flows over huge waterfalls, others just over the rocks. It is so cool too because you can see how the water has worn the rocks down over time. My aunt is a nature fanatic and was able to tell us a lots of cool fun facts! Over thousands of years, glaciers originating in Canada drifted down to the US to create these amazing gorges, and they also brought some nonindigenous plants and trees with them. It was also these same glaciers that created the 11 Finger Lakes! Interesting right?! We can’t wait to get back up there and hike some other gorges in the area!
Starting at the top left- water dripping, top right – me drinking from a natural spring (cold and delicious), bottom left- water rushing through the rocks (you can see all the different layers the water has cut through throughout the years- cool!), bottom middle- my family standing on a bridge that was chiseled in the 1800s. At that time, the water poured down under the bridge to a flour and feed mill that was located right about where I stood to take the picture! Bottom right- one of the couple hundred feet tall waterfalls. The picture doesn’t do it justice since the waterfall was so tall I wasn’t able to get the whole thing in one picture!
Top left – Pic with Ben, my cousin Laura, and my Aunt Mary and Uncle Jim. Top Right – cool pic of the water. Bottom: Me and my uncle Jim behind the sign. (we both like taking pics of signs haha)
Me and Ben behind one of the waterfalls!