Watkins Glen, New York is famous for its auto racing heritage. In fact, NASCAR is racing there today as weather postponed yesterday’s attempt. Watkins Glen is also home to one of the most beautiful gorges in the southern tier of the state and the world in my opinion. Before tasting wine and beer, my family and I meet up with Dave and Gillian of FLX Photo as soon as the park opened and walked down the Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park. Notice I said down. For $3US a person, we took a shuttle up to the top of the trail and walked down to the parking lot. We didn’t want to wipe ourselves out.
Here are some of the sights we enjoyed in the middle of summer. The gorge is a popular tourist destination with tour buses making stops from May to October. It wasn’t long before the trail filled up with people. Most of them going up the trail and asking us how far it was to the top.
I pulled out the tripod and put a 3-stop Neutral Density filter on the Nikon 28-300VR lens to add a little action to the scene.
It was hard not to stop every few feet to take a photo. The beauty of the gorge held a new delight around every bend and change in elevation.
Thanks to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and continued maintenance by the State of New York, stone stairs, walls and bridges allow people to enjoy the splendor of the Watkins Glen gorge.
I thought the water flow was pretty good considering the lack of rain in July. For a comparison, visit Debbie’s post from May. This was my first visit to Watkins Glen State Park and was more of an exploratory trip. I will be back!