Near the end of October we went on a little adventure. An adventure that didn’t include friends or weddings (no offense guys)! Anyways, this is part 1 of our weekend away. It started on a Saturday at Watkins Glen State Park. Watkins Glen is about 3 1/2 hours west of Albany, N.Y.. a hidden gem in my opinion and one I think a everyone should try to go see. Neither of us had been there before so this was a first for us. We got there around 10am and stayed until 12ish. Honestly go the earliest you can. When we came out of the trail, there were so many cars it was crazy especially since it was during off season. It’s definitely a magical place and would feel even more magical the less people are there. While we had people there when we went it was still easy to get pictures of everything. I think if we had shown up later it would have been worse. During peak season, the park is $8 a car, it’s open until dark and not only has the gorge and waterfalls but a pool and park. There are other parks near Watkins Glen that have waterfalls too in Ithaca and the Fingerlakes National Forest so there is definitely a lot to do!
We did both the Gorge Trail and Indian Ladder trail. The whole thing was probably about 3 miles round trip and took us a little over an hour. This being because I took more pictures than was probably necessary. I loved it though and my boyfriend found it cool too. The rock formations were just as interesting and gorgeous as the waterfalls. The (middle picture) railroad had history to it too and there are markings to explain each, how they were formed etc. If you’re ever in the area, definitely try to get here. You could definitely get lost in the beauty of this park, if we ever go back, I’ll pack a lunch and we can spend more time there just relaxing with the beauty of nature.