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Trail Head Location:
Fees: Technically free to enter but you have to pay $8 for a vehicle fee
A nice hike through a thin canyon, Gift shop and bathrooms at the trail head, camping nearby
I was working in Brooklyn for a few months and brought my hiking and camping gear with me with the intentions of checking out the Watkins Glen Area whenever I got a chance to leave work for a short break.
I was able to get away from the city towards the mid/end of October, and jumped in my car to head upstate. It was a nice break to get out and away from the crowded city. I hadn't driven my car since I arrived in Brooklyn a few months ago since the traffic is pretty bad and everything was in walking distance or a short subway ride away.
The drive out of the city was great. It was that time of year when the seasons were changing, and so were the leaves. You don't get to see a change in seasons much when you have lived your entire life in either South Florida, or Southern California.! Pennsylvania was a lot of fun to drive through, however I must say I don't think I have ever seen a state with more roadkill than Pennsylvania.!
After a stint through Pennsylvania, I cut back up into New York and was pulling into the park shortly after. It's only about a 4 and a half hour drive to get here from Brooklyn. I was unfortunately informed upon arrival that the campground had already been closed for the season, even though it wasn't too cold and not snowing. If you are planning on camping at the Six Nations Campground, make sure to check the calender and see if they are open for business.
There are a couple different routes you can take once you are parked at the east entrance. You start out on the Gorge Trail. I chose to continue along the gorge trail since it hugs the water running through the park. After passing many water features, the Gorge trail comes to an end and you can turn around to go back the way you came, or make a fairly short but steep climb up the steps to get up to the top are of the Gorge.
You will find some bathrooms and areas to sit up here and now you will be on the Indian trail. You take this back parallel to the lower trail. You will see a large cemetery on your left. It's quite a scenic area and would make for a nice stay for any one checking in for the rest of time.The end of the lower section of the Gorge trail hike
Continue along the trail and you can just keep going until it loops back around to the Gorge trail near rainbow falls and now you will take this back out to the parking area. The hike is a pretty easy one, except those stairs towards the end of the gorge. If you do not like stairs or have hip problems, you should probably just go back the way you came to make it easier on yourself.A cool and colorful tree back near my car in the Parking Area
It was getting a bit late in the day, and since there was no camping available in the park, I decided to get in the car and start heading south. I had to make it back down to Florida over the next few days, so I figured I would just start getting on my way and see where I ended up for the night. I got a few good pics along the way.
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