Last week we spent a week camping in New York. We started out at Four Mile Creek State Park, then travelled to Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes and ended up at a little private campground called Adventure Bound which is minutes from Letchworth State Park. We also travelled to Buttermilk Falls State Park for a hike. Needless to say, we now love New York State Parks! Who knew that there were so many beautiful things to see within 5 hours of home!
First up we have Watkins Glen. Watkins Glen is right at the bottom of Seneca Lake. Within the park, there are 19 waterfalls and a gorgeous gorge. The first time we hiked it we went up. We went without my mom because she wasn't feeling great that day. It was a tough hike and had a lot of stairs, plus it was crazy hot out, but it was worth it. Watkins Glen isn't even so much about the waterfalls as it is the gorge. It's hard to describe, but it's just beautiful.
Later in the week, when my mom was feeling better, we hiked it again. This time we hiked down the gorge. Much easier! You get a completely different view point, and although I found I had to make a conscious effort to turn around and see the waterfalls, I felt like I enjoyed the gorge itself much more on this hike.
Another day we went to Buttermilk Falls State Park just outside of Ithaca. There are 12 waterfalls in this park. The hike started with us climbing about 500 feet straight up. (Well that's what it felt like). What a workout! Then it evened out a bit. These waterfalls were beautiful as well. There were kids playing at the bottom of some of them and it was really fun to see. There were lots of people, but nothing like Watkins Glen, it's more of a hidden gem. And those are the types of waterfalls that I love, the ones that aren't over saturated with tourists.
It was an old steam engine and it was pretty neat to see! There were 800 passengers on board all waving at us.
|Just some of the peole up on the hill taking pictures of the train|