Watkins Glen Gorge Trail will open Memorial Day weekend, bridge will be closed for repairs

As scenic Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes prepares to open its gorge trail for the season, its main entrance bridge will be closed for repairs.

the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that the pedestrian bridge near the Franklin Street Park entrance, otherwise known as the Sentry Bridge, has significant erosion that has compromised the integrity of the bridge at both ends. Parks will work to repair or replace the 1930s-era bridge.

No date for completion of repairs or replacement of the bridge has been set.

In the meantime, the park will install a temporary aluminum truss bridge that will cross over the existing stone arch bridge. However, it is unlikely to be in place by the time the Gorge Trail opens on Memorial Day weekend. Until then, visitors will need to use the Upper Entrance or the North or South Rim Trails to access the lower parts of the Gorge Trail.

Signage will be put up in the park to guide visitors.

This upstate New York park attracts thousands of people each year with 19 waterfalls, towering cliffs and deep gorges along its two-mile trail. During peak season, the Gorge Trail turns into a one-way trip to keep the flow of visitors high.

Earlier in 2022, the Finger Lakes were considered one of best places in the world to visit and Watkins Glen won the title of best park in new york state in 2021.

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