Watkins Glen State Park features a raging torrent that has spent the ages cutting its way through the rocky ledges to create a delightful series of cascades. The stone work on steps and railings is pretty impressive, too.
The Gorge Trail features 19 waterfalls and 800 stone steps that make a visit good for both exercise and spectacular visuals.
Although the village of Watkins Glen is today mostly known for its racetrack (and this park), that same track was the scene of a 1973 music concert that was attended by an estimated 600,000 people - nearly twice the crowd at 1969's Woodstock Festival held about 175 miles east of here.
It is quite a photographer's paradise...... with tripod and full frame camera........
....or, more popularly with a smartphone.
Dramatic views are around every corner as you walk through the 400-foot deep gorge.
The lower end of the gorge has a parking lot and is just outside downtown Watkins Glen (population about 2,000) and Seneca Lake. Seneca Lake is the largest of the Finger Lakes stretching for 38 miles (61 km). The area features over 50 wineries, too. Watkins Glen is about a 30-40 minute drive from Ithaca. The two lakes in Ithaca and Watkins Glen are the largest of the 11 lakes that comprise the Finger Lakes.