Parks & Facilities

Catharine Valley Trail
This year round recreation trail provides visitors the opportunity to experience the scenic beauty and historic charm of the glacially-carved valley south of Seneca Lake. Following abandoned railroad and canal towpath corridors, the trail passes through a variety of wildlife habitats. The compact stone-dust trail surface accommodates walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Currently six miles of the trail is available for use. When construction is complete the trail will be twelve miles long and extending from the Village of Watkins Glen to Horseheads.

c/o Watkins Glen State Park
P.O. Box 304
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Campgrounds in Schuyler County
Camping can create some unforgettable experiences, and camping in the Finger Lakes is no exception. Whether you're pitching a tent in a state forest (which is free and requires no permit for the first three days) or renting a lodge with all the amenities in one of the Finger Lakes' beautiful state parks, you'll enjoy being outdoors in the Finger Lakes. You can connect with the Finger Lakes Trail for some great hiking, bike or boat along the Erie Canal, or just sit by a campfire on a warm summer's night.

Finger Lakes National Forest
The Finger Lakes National Forest encompasses 16,212 acres nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The Forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands. Whether you are a hiker,cross country skier, camper, fishing or hunting enthusiast, snowmobiler, horseback rider, mountain biker, or wildlife watcher, the Finger Lakes National Forest will amaze you with its scenic beauty.

Havana Glen Park
135 Havana Glen Road
Montour Falls, NY 14865
Ph: (607) 535-9476

LaFayette Park
LaFayette Park is the site of the Tuesday Night Concerts in the Park and the Farmers Market. The Bandstand is also available for rent.
Village of Watkins Glen
Ph: (607) 535-2736

Seneca Harbor Park and Pier
Decatur St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Ph: (607) 535-8111

Watkins Glen State Park and South Pavilion or Hidden Valley
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 day-visitors can enjoy the Olympic-size pool, scheduled summer tours through the gorge, tent and trailer campsites, picnic facilities, and excellent fishing in nearby Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek, which is renowned for its annual spring run of rainbow trout.
General Information: (607) 535-4511
Camping Reservation: (800) 456-2267

W.W. Clute Memorial Park and Community Center or Pavilion
Directly in line for the breeze off Seneca Lake, the park offers a haven of comfort on a hot summer day for the traveler. It has been carefully planned and landscaped to be a wholesome family recreation spot. There is delightful shade in the shadow of the trees, where a relaxing parent can sit and watch the youngsters on the shore or in the lake, knowing a lifeguard is also keeping watch. The campground offers full hook-up sites with electric (20, 30, and 50 amp), water, sewer, and cable. Tent sites are also available.

Village of Watkins Glen
Ph: (607) 535-2736