I got to Watkins Glen late in the afternoon yesterday and after safely parking the the Airstream at my campsite I immediately grabbed my camera and tripod and made my way down to the Gorge from the trail that descends into the gorge right from the campground.
As I reached the gorge I was immediately struck by how spectacular this gorge is. What is just as remarkable as the natural beauty of this park is the stonework and path along the gorge. I counted at least 3 bridges and 3 tunnels including a spiral tunnel as well as a path underneath the cavern cascade.
There where surprisingly few people exploring the gorge, yet they all seem to always get in the way of making good images. It took quite a bit of patience to wait for the people to make their way and allow me to make my images.
I made another trip this morning and was rewarded by a completely empty gorge which made image making that much easier.
I was very inspired by Watkins Glen. My only complaint, is that I wished there was more of it. The gorge path is 1.5 miles long, and the best part is in about a 3/4 mile section. If you are in the area and have more time, you can also visit Robert Treman State Park which is just a few miles away and looks very interesting. I did not get a chance to go as I had to depart if I was to make my goal of 500-600 miles for the day, so I left the campground at around 9am.
If you are in the area I would highly recommend taking a quick trip to Watkins Glen State Park, the campground was excellent, and very well taken care of.