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Glens of New York — Watkins Glen

Updated: Jan 28, 2023

A bountiful mix of waterfalls and woodlands, cascades and layered rock, awaited us in this state park in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Selected images available as commercial prints by clicking the photograph.


Cascading Glen Creek carves a narrow channel in the layered rock near the bottom of Watkins Glen. Photo: © Donald J. Rommes.


Watkins Glen is the most well-known of the Finger Lake Glens in New York State. It is a popular spot, but uncrowded when we were there. Out visit coincided with peak autumn color and soft light from high clouds—perfect for photography.


The lower part of the trail quickly gains elevation and follows a narrow channel. The Glen thereafter rises in steps, at some times a narrow gorge, at others a wider valley. A stone walkway, often bordered by a stacked stone fence, follows the creek for the entire length of the gorge.


A narrow section of the gorge, with stone walkway and fence. Photo: © Donald J. Rommes.


In our opinion, Watkins Glen—especially as compared to Fillmore Glen—was more about the narrow gorge and cascades that it was about waterfalls. It was a mixed bag though, and we were inspired to make photos of the water, woods, and works of man.



The shale ledge forming a small waterfall is decorated by colorful fallen leaves. Photo © Donald J. Rommes.




A stone walkway passes under a waterfall in the middle section of Watkins Glen. Photo: © Nancy E. Rommes.


While a few of our images are shown in this blog, a larger sampling of images of the Glens of New York, can be found here.

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