Over the past several years, I’ve been fortunate to visit Watkins Glen State Park in New York twice. It’s the most popular state park in New York. The gorge trail is only two miles, but there’s a lot of steps along the way – over 800! It was first opened in 1863 and was a tourist resort until 1906 until New York purchased it. Today, I thought I’d share some of the architectural elements that can be found in the park: stairs, walkways, and bridges.


Watkin’s Glen Stairs. Photos by Janelle Horst



I really enjoyed my time in Watkins Glen and look forward to going again in 2019. Next time, I’ll explore Robert Treman State Park and Taughannock Falls in addition to climbing all the steps at Watkins Glen again. What’s your favorite park and how does architecture infiltrate? Check out the video below for some more images of the park: