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Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. Campers and daytime visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, modern playground, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities, and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or in Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.
Natural Features
Watkins Glen State Park is located in the village of Watkins Glen, at the south end of Seneca Lake, in Schuyler County.
Considered a flagship facility, visitors can enjoy near by fishing, picnicking, modern playground, hiking, camping, hunting, and swimming in our Olympic sized & kiddie pool. There are 19 waterfalls on the Gorge Trail.
The park offers 305 campsites with restrooms, hot showers, dumping stations and firewood for sale. Other offered amenities include food concessions, gift shops, rental pavilion, picnic tables & grills, playing fields, an Olympic sized swimming pool & kiddie pool, modern playgrounds, scenic views, and 19 waterfalls.
Nearby Attractions
Nearby state parks include Robert H. Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Sampson State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, and Lodi Point State Park. Other attractions are Watkins Glen International Racetrack, Corning Museum of Glass, Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Park Rules & Information:
  • Rustic Cabins available at Watkins Glen State Park. A perfect solution for campers who like tents & cabins. Offers protection from the elements, but no electricity or water. 3-night minimum required all season.
  • The campground does NOT have designated walk-in sites.
  • Reservations for campsites may be booked 9 months in advance for a 2-night minimum stay.
  • To register for a campsite, the camper must be 18 years old and show proper ID.
  • Mohawk Village and Cayuga Village are the ONLY loops with electric sites at Watkins Glen.
  • No beer kegs allowed at the park.
  • Each campsite has a fire ring equipped with a cooking grill.
  • Quiet hours are from 10PM and 8AM and is strictly enforced.
  • The pool is open from the end of June to Labor Day.
  • Children who are not toilet trained MUST wear swim diapers in the pool.


  • Current proof of rabies inoculation is required at check-in (metal tags will not be accepted).
  • At any time during your stay, pet owners may be required to provide proof of rabies inoculation upon request. Be sure to have this information available to present to park staff.
  • Where pets are permitted, there is a maximum limit of 2 pets per site.
  • Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6ft and under control at all times.
  • Do not leave pets unattended and always clean up after them.
  • Pet owners/permit holders are liable for any damage, personal injury, or nuisance caused by the pet.
  • Pets are NOT allowed on Gorge Trail.

  • SWIMMING: Each year the campground makes every effort to provide safe swimming opportunities by testing the water and by keeping the swimming areas staffed with lifeguards. Please be aware that if the safety of our swimmers is compromised due to lack of lifeguard coverage or water quality issues, swimming will be prohibited. Swimming cannot be a guaranteed activity; therefore, we cannot offer refunds on camping stays. We apologize for this inconvenience as it may occur with little advance notice.

    Looking to reserve a campsite for just 1 night? If you make your reservation within 7 days of your arrival you can book a 1-night stay online or through the Call Center. *Applies to campsites only.

    PRE-REGISTRATION: Have an existing reservation? Don't forget to Pre-Register!! 7 days prior to your arrival you can sign into Reserve America and pre-register. IT SAVES TIME when checking in on the day of arrival.

    LENGTH OF STAY: A camping party and their equipment may occupy a site for a maximum of 14 continuous nights. After which, the camping party and equipment must leave the site and facility for 48 hours before registering again for another site.

    Please Note: To ensure fairness for all NY customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 9-month Maximum Window cannot be changed or cancelled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

    OPRHP General Camping Rules, Information, and Cancellation Policy

    Watkins Glen State Park camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Watkins Glen State Park campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Watkins Glen State Park or day pass availability.