Watkins Glen, NY


I’m going to be totally honest and say Matt and I didn’t do as much hiking and exploring the great outdoors while camping this time around. We spent our first two nights in Watkins Glen State Park, and the following two nights in Taughannock Falls State Park. We were both pretty disappointed in Watkins Glen State Park. I think the Bruce kind of ruined everything for us. We just kept comparing the two, and well, State/Provincial Parks just can’t compare to the natural beauty of a National Park.  We were not close to any body of water in Watkins Glen, and you could literally hike about 20 mins to the village. Which ended up being fine, as we spent a lot of time exploring the small villages around the Finger Lakes. These towns/villages have the most insanely beautiful and historical homes. I would kill a man just to live in one of them.

We were however very close to the Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen. So we hiked over, and did quite a bit of the walk. It was very touristy, and was a huge disappointment to find there were so many rules. You had to stay on the path, and that was it. Boring! Totally different from hiking in the Bruce. Wow, I sound totally disenchanted here! It WAS beautiful! Waterfalls everywhere you looked, standing hundreds of feet above, looking down at the gorge. It really was quite stunning. We spent the remainder of the day on a beach and explored a little of Watkins Glen, and it’s neighbouring village, Montour Falls. Such charming places! NY State is full of these gems!

I have a butt load more photos to share – some from the town, some from the beach, some from Farm Sanctuary(!!!), and a little photo shoot Matt and I did in the Blair Witch forest behind our camp site. I also thrifted so many great things during our trip, so keep an eye on the shop for magical small town thrift shop goodness!













DSC_0647would just like to formally welcome chin zit to the majority of photos taken this past week 🙂DSC_0651










DSC_0695and this is me dying after walking up i don’t even know how many flights of stairs to the top of the gorge. goodbye life.

Shirt, shorts and belt: thrifted
Bowtie: handmade
Socks: H&M
Boots: Timberland
Knapsack: from my best pal Kristen

4 thoughts on “Watkins Glen, NY

  1. 1quest2thenextadmin says:

    Great photos of the gorge. I was there Friday, then dropped my iPhone in Seneca Lake while fishing. Overall a great experience camping and more at Watkins Glen. Check out our page to see some other things to do in the area. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Joe says:

    Great pics. I just don’t understand this quote:
    “We were not close to any body of water in Watkins Glen”
    Seneca Lake is 40 miles long, right here in town, amidst all of the other Finger Lakes
    Anyhow, come back sometime. The gorge is best enjoyed mornings, preferably weekdays, before the gobs of tour busses come in. The other trails other than the gorge trail are beautiful as well ( and less busy)


    • LarkspurShoppe says:

      I guess I was speaking comparatively. As far as we knew, we had to drive to any location that had a sort of beach setting. Our camp site was definitely not close to water, at least compared to our stay in the Bruce, which was a very short hike to Cyprus Lake. That’s all I was saying. Watkins Glen is definitely beautiful, but I had just been to the Bruce, so I guess my expectations were set a little bit high at that point.

      Thanks for reading!


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