The town of Watkins Glen is well-known for Watkins Glen International Speedway which hosts many different car races including NASCAR. But, there are many other wonderful things to discover about Watkins Glen, whether you are a racing fan or not.
Watkins Glen State Park: The town of Watkins Glen is the site of Watkins Glen State Park which features a 400ft gorge that park visitors can descend into via beautifully constructed pathways, arches, and stairs made from stone. The gorge path takes your around and under 19 waterfalls that cascade down from the gorge cliffs. There are also two other trails to take, The Southern Rim, and The Indian Trail, which go along the top edge of the gorge.
Camping: When in Watkins Glen, I highly recommend the campsites at Watkins Glen State Park. There are six camping loops, but I suggest making reservations for the Seneca Village Loop. The Tuscarora loop is close to train tracks which makes it less ideal than Seneca Village. Plan to camp in the exterior campsites on the loop if you want more privacy and wilderness experiences. There is also a few playgrounds, snack bars, and pool located within the campground with plenty of parking available or use of the convenient shuttle buses!
Seneca Lake: Don’t forget to stop by beautiful Seneca Lake located just down the street from the state park. There is a beautiful lakeside park with great views of the lake and tall trees. There is also a playground for kids and benches for relaxing. If you want to do even more, consider taking a boat tour on the beautiful lake!
The Great Escape Ice Cream: While visiting Watkins Glen, you will not want to miss a trip to this tasty ice cream shop that offers 26 soft serve flavors, cupcakes, fudge, and many ice cream creations! Where else can you get so many soft serve flavors? You will want to make The Great Escape part of a family tradition!
Racing: Lastly, the most famous reason to visit The Glen is for the racing. Make sure if you plan to camp at the state park during a racing week you book well in advance as the campsites fill up fast.
Another helpful tip, is that if you are looking for a relaxing vacation and aren’t in the area for the races, plan to visit between racing weeks to avoid crowds!