We left Buttonwood winery early the next morning and headed to Watkins Glen State Park. We had read that it is best to get here early to avoid the crowds and we weren't far at all. A short little drive down hwy 414 got us to the center of town where Watkins Glen State Park in no time. The parking lot is small, but we were one of the first to arrive so we had no problem parking the camper.
At first glance, you are already impressed. You hear and smell the fresh water rushing through the gorge. The State Park is not long, just about a 2-mile hike will take you past the 19 waterfalls and over the 800 stone steps. You can see how the water has formed the rock and see remnants of every flood that has swept through the land. There is something so surreal about walking under waterfalls. No matter or age you can't help but want to reach out and touch the water flowing over your head. At each end of the park, there are places for picnics and even camping and as we were seeing people from all ages were able to hike without worrying they would finish. When we left it was close to noon and we could see the park had started to fill up and it was time for us to be on our way.
I had read of one more waterfall that was on the lake just to the east of us so before we were to head east we made a stop at Taughannock Falls. This is the largest free-standing waterfall in the states and although we didn't hike the park the falls were breathtaking just the same.
We had gotten an early start but the day was getting on and we had to figure out where we were going to stay that night. We both had never explored New York beyond the city itself so we sat down and chose the Catskills as our new destination. There was a Harvest Host about 160 miles east of us so we plotted our two laned route and headed to Belleayre ski resort in Pine Hill, NY.