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Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen, NY.

Having moved from Western New York to Central New York, I have to get used to a whole new bit of geological features. I no longer live on the shores of Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes; now I’m about thirty miles inland from Lake Ontario, which is much deeper and colder. I am also much nearer to the Finger Lakes region, home to a series of long, narrow and deep lakes that run north-south. These lakes were formed when the glaciers receded after the last ice age, carving out great valleys and gorges many of which then filled with water. The Finger Lakes are the dominant feature of Central New York, but there are also other gorges, smaller and more spectacular, that are the home to frequent waterfalls, pools, and streams. The most spectacular of these is that found in Watkins Glen State Park, where footpaths follow a small stream through the deep gorge that it has carved as it spills over nineteen waterfalls and is surrounded by 300-foot cliffs of limestone. At one point, the footpath even goes behind one particularly large waterfall, for an enchanting effect.

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