Robert H. Treman State Park
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Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Enfield Glen runs parallel to Enfield Creek, and directly through the middle of Robert H. Treman State Park. The gorge is comprised of layer upon layer of limestone and shale, which used to be a part of a massive inland sea during the Devonian Era (around 350 million years ago).
The park consists of multiple trails, 12 waterfalls (with awesome names like Lucifer Falls, and one of which has a large swimming area at the bottom), and an old mill from the 1800s turned into a museum. They’re open year-round, though some of the upper trails close during winter months as the icy gorge can be treacherous. I’d suggest heading out in the spring, summer, or fall to be able to take in everything this place has to offer, from camping, fossil hunting, fishing, and lounging in the beachy area by the lower falls while the kiddos swim. Even if you’ve got a whole load of kids or friends tagging along, the price is just $7 for vehicle which is exceptionally reasonable for the entertainment value.
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Robert H. Treman State Park is an extremely popular spot – partially because of it’s exquisite beauty, and partially because of the extensive amenities they have available. A playground, picnicking areas complete with grills, a bathhouse for a rinse off after hiking up the gorge or swimming, plenty of bathrooms – most of which are handicap assessable. Add in the mill museum, nature programs, and tours, and a campground makes this ideal location for just a quick day trip or a weeklong vacation.
The trails here are steep and can be slippery (I’d definitely suggest some good shoes) but have spectacular and breathtaking views that make it well worth it. As I only got to take a quick stop to check out the lower falls (aka the swimming area, which even has a lifeguard during the summer) – this is definitely a place you can visit multiple times and not get bored (which is exactly what I plan to do).