Well at least one creek was flowing today in the Watkins Glen area. I stopped by all with the exception of Havana. All bone dry, or very very low flow. I forgot to count the number of falls, as I said I would...will have to go back, oh well. Perhaps that fall outing-Matt?
A few things to note...
The pool at the very bottom falls (lemon squeezer) has been dammed. Nice for the locals however not so nice for hikers. This makes it impossible to go up the left side to the main falls. You have to go up the trail, and then cut back down a trail that is fairly young but has seen some use and will get you back down to see the falls.
The trail going up beyond those falls towards the 224 bridge, has a chain with a Private Property sign on it hanging across the trail. I dont know if the land changed ownership or what, but it has always been generally acceptable to climb further up the creek staying to the left of the signs. Since there were no other signs in the immediate vicinity, we made a decision to skirt around the chain just to left. Not sure if the status has changed, wasn't marked properly to begin with, or the landowner is overstepping his boundaries.
Anyway, here is a quick one...will get to more later.Shinedown
by Kyle Hobart
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