A Winter Hike Through Taughannock Falls and Watkins Glen State Park
Ulysses, NY & Watkins Glen, NY
- Where: Taughannock Falls + Watkins Glen State Park hikes
- Features: Stunning views of frozen waterfalls in narrow and icy gorges.
- Difficulty Level: Easy – Arduous. Trails can get extremely icy. Take special caution at Watkins Glen because not all the trails are easily accessible and can be frozen over.
- Get There: 4.5 hour drive from New York City, with a 20 minute drive in-between locations.
There is something truly fascinating about visiting popular destinations off-season, exploring them at a time when others dare not make the journey. Taughannock Falls and Watkins Glen State Park are among the most spectacular New York State parks during the summer, when countless waterfalls flow through gorges towering above. In winter, you’ll have the parks all to yourself – a quiet landscape to see the frosted 215 feet high Taughannock Falls and frozen gorges. Give yourself a solid half day to a full day depending on how many of the trails you’d like to explore. Expect to be mesmerized by the texture of the rocks and the winding pathways that lead you up through the gorge at Watkins Glen. Taughannock Falls are substantially easier to access than the majority of trails at Watkins Glen, so keep that in mind when planning your trip. A bonus? You won’t have to pay any entrance fees because the park offices aren’t open from winter until mid-May.