Total Time: 1:30 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.5 miles (approximately)
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Since we were camping at Watkins Glen, I figured I should do one more hike here. I had some extra time, and took the opportunity to do a quick loop hike in the opposite direction. I started at the south entrance area, took the path to the Couch Staircase, which I took down to the Gorge Trail. I hiked the length of the Gorge Trail all the way to the end, and then took the Indian Trail above the north rim of the Gorge back down. I took it to the suspension bridge, then took Lover's Lane down back to the Gorge under the bridge, and then back up at the Point Lookout. From there I crossed over the Suspension Bridge high atop the Gorge, and headed back through the Lily Pond and up the steps to the parking area.
|Map of the Route.|
Its a Bit Confusing to Follow Since I Repeat Some of the Trail by the Bridge
and then go over the Trail on the Bridge as Well.
|Main Parking Area Near the Village.|
Above Couch's Staircase Descent.
|Me Behind Cavern Cascade|
|Lookout Along the Indian Trail|
|Cemetery Right Along the Indian Trail|
|View From Lover's Lane|
|Lover's Lane Spur was Built in 1908!|
|View of Couch's Staircase from the Point Lookout|
|Looking Down into the Gorge from the Suspension Bridge|