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Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen, New York


3600 Walnut Rd (NY Hwy 419)
Watkins Glen, New York 14891
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Sites: 305
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.37028
Longitude: -76.87482

Elevation: 743' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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32 Reviews

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice campground but just to reinterate things said by many other reviewers: 1) There is quite a hill to climb to get into the campground. 2) many of the campsites are muddy or dirt that gets pretty messy when it rains. Site 90 was OK, others looked like you would need waders. 3) If you have a tow-behind you better be really good at backing it because whoever laid out this campground never drove an RV. Most of the sites go off the road at 90 degrees with trees on both sides. Others actually go off at the wrong angle - like you would need to come in the wrong way on the one-way loop to back into them. No water at the campsites but a stand pipe every 6 campsites or so and an easy place to fill up on the way in. New multi lane dump station on the way out of the park looks really nice. Overall, a great place to camp, quiet, shaded beautiful. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
98
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Have lunch at the Elf in the Oak restaurant on N. 141 just outside town on the wine loop. This small, unassuming soup/sandwich and ice cream shop has a world class chef and creates some of the most amazing sandwiches and soups. They hand make everything from the pickles to the bread!

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Review Count: 88
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff were friendly and helpful. The site was spacious and quiet. The scenery is magnificent and there is lots to do (see comments below). Our only issue was that our site had a few too many trees. We ended up hitting one with our truck as we were backing in and we damaged a running board. Otherwise, everything was great. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B91
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Explore the full length of the gorge. Although it can be a bit crowded, it is beautiful. If you want to avoid crowds altogether, drive 10 min south to Deckertown Falls, which can be found near 117 East Catlin St., Montour Falls. Note that access might be difficult for big rigs. We unhooked our trailer and took our truck. We also thoroughly enjoyed Bully Hill Vineyards in Hammondsport, NY, around 30 min drive west. Excellent, reasonably priced wine and food at their scenic restaurant. The $30 fee to drive around the Watkins Glen racetrack was also money well spent, although it would have been better had we not been stuck behind a slow driver that we were not allowed to pass. Our advice is, arrive early so that you are placed directly behind the pace car which actually drives relatively fast.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park. No individual site water. Hard to back in the camper. Angle of most sites seem to be in the opposite direction of what they should be. Be prepared to drive the wrong direction in order to back in correctly. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
96
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We took a day trip to Niagara Falls. Go to the race track. Just observe God's creations!

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Watkins Glen State Park is a beautiful park at the south end of Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The park is centered around a beautiful gorge that would be a mistake to miss, and the Finger Lakes area is the wine region of New York. It reminds me very much of a woodsy Napa or Sonoma. The campground is huge, about 300 widely spaced sites cut into the forest. Every site is pretty much in full shade all day. Sites in the Mohawk loop have 30 amp electric. The entire campground has occasional water spigots, and there are two dump stations. Sites are gravel and dirt. Most of the sites that are intended for RV's are fairly level, but this isn't universal. A problem with a number of the sites is that the trees make it hard to maneuver. We have a small class C, and had some difficulty wrapping our motorhome around one particular tree to get into the site (90). The roads are in similar condition. Big rigs might be able to get in, but it will be a challenge. AT&T service was good enough to stream video. Verizon was good enough for email, but that's about all. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Definitely walk the gorge. Fantastic.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This was a last minute overnight stop as we were trying to dodge rainstorms. Tried calling ahead and could never get through, but there were 4 sites left in the electric loop when we arrived. We chose #68 because it was so private but was pretty unlevel. Some sites were very spacious and some seemed very crowded, although all are shaded. We are in a 21' Class B so navigating the loop was no problem but I could see that bigger rigs may have trouble with the twisty-turny roads. There were water usage restrictions due to flooding in all of Watkins Glen (not just the park) so we did not use the restrooms. Great upper gorge hiking trails but the Gorge Trail is beyond beautiful! All can be accessed from the campground loop next door. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
68
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Plan to hike the Gorge Trail early in the morning to avoid the tour groups. Not as much traffic on the upper trails during the day.

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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful state park close to all the delicious wineries. The only problem is that the sites and roads are tight. A very quiet park. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
102
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

This was one of our favorite campgrounds. They are clean, its quiet and there's lots to see in the area. Very worth the 4 hour drive we took. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Backing in is rough in some spots.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We arrived without a reservation but they had a site available. The park ranger was helpful. The campsites are roomy but not private. We had to move after day 1 to a different non-reserved site. Some sites are laid out with difficult back-in access but no problems if nose first. Quiet. Very close to the town but still feels remote. Electric only. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Mohawk65
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Gorge Trail is awesome. On my top 10 list of beautiful hikes. We went up and back. 1 1/2 miles one way and 800 steps but trail is well maintained.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This state park is conveniently located near the village of Watkins Glen. We found the sites quite spacious although not terribly private. The bathrooms really needed cleaning. The area is beautiful, but this park would benefit with more maintenance (both daily and long-term). We camped in a loop without electricity. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Hiking the Gorge is beautiful, but try to do it early in the day before the guided tours start. Lots of great wineries and craft breweries around Seneca Lake. You can drive around the whole lake in 2-3 hours, depending on how often and how long you stop. I'd skip the town(?) of Geneva: pretty dead on a Tuesday afternoon.

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Review Count: 488
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 143

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Memorial Day May 30, 2016 Site 99 Tuesday/Wed May 31 and June 1 Watkins Glen is located on Seneca Lake with the State Park right in town on the west side. Cute town and on the Finger Lakes Seneca Wine Trail. The international race way was just west of the park and you could hear them warming up on some mornings but it was not a problem. This campground was rated one of the top five in the Nation last year and I could see why. There are six camping loops with only one Mohawk Village having electric. Bath houses were clean and there were two showers in each one. There is a dump station, water fill, playgrounds, picnic tables, fire pits and trails from the Onondaga Village loop to the Gorge itself. If you are camping your pass is good for parking in town at the Gorge entrance and for the swimming pool within the campground which is huge. There is an Inn in the park as well. There are trails and they are very hilly. Pets are allowed in the camping loops (with proof of rabies) and on many trails but not on the Gorge Trail. The two trails on the rim are allowed for walking pets and there are two small bridges that connect to the Gorge Trail. We were in the electric loop and there were many huge sites which a large RV could fit. Our loop was very quiet during the day and most nights. Walking from the entrance to the loops is all up hill. The park itself is beautiful and everyone should see part of the Gorge. In the summer for a fee shuttles from the main entrance in the village will take you to the top so that you only have to walk down. There are many waterfalls (19-24) along the Gorge Trail. In the village there are shops, restaurants and a beautiful park for picnicking, parking, boating and there might be some swimming . Seneca Lake has a wine trail with about 19 wineries on the east side and over 29 on the west side. The Finger Lake region is beautiful with rolling hills and t. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Mohawk 99 Electric
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Walking the Gorge is a must. You go up a campground loop and connect to it. Pets can not walk on the Gorge trail but on the upper rim trails which do look down on spots of the Gorge. There are two connections to the Gorge trail where you can stand with your pet and look up and down.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park with wonderful scenic hike through slot canyon gorge. Park is older, needs some trees trimmed and some removed. Trees on the CG roads require 90 degree turn into sites and not wide enough to maneuver tow vehicle. Little maintenance at sites, ie: cig butts. Very busy with many campers partying, music and lots of smoke from campfires. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
91
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

The Cannoli Connection in town makes fresh cannoli's

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Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

A nice quiet campground next to the glen. We have a Class B motorhome so we came and went in it without any problems. I recommend it for anyone who wants to visit the glen. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Very large sites with plenty of shade. Nice restrooms/showers. We camped in a Class C so we come and go with our unit. Left for a few hours and when we returned our chairs, table and camp wood was stolen. Very disappointed that a fellow camper would do this in a state park. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Great park. Stayed in the loop with electric. Some sites can be tricky with bigger rigs. Stayed here in a 26' RV and had no problems. Bathrooms were nice with fully tiled showers which appeared fairly new. Staff was very helpful. Had a large limb come down in a storm between sites. Staff came the next day with a lift to cut it down. Pool is nice with plenty of room. Best is that town is at bottom of hill with great restaurants and a Supercenter Walmart. Plenty to do in area. We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We were really looking forward to camping here and enjoying the gorge and falls, but were really disappointed with the campground overall. The restrooms/shower houses were absolutely filthy and disgusting. This campground has a lot of potential but is poorly run in my opinion. The swimming pool is very nice and large which was a plus. And the gorge and falls were really neat to see. But it gets very crowded in the campground and surrounding areas. Been there, done that, and won't be back (at least to this park). We camped at Watkins Glen State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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