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Watkins Glen Central Cascade

Mark Papke

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Horten - Norway

Wow! Beautiful! v

Melbourne, Vi - Australia

the water is superb. Simply beautiful

Rehoboth, MA - United States

Just brilliant! v

Lampasas, Te - United States


Cottonwood, Ar - United States

Love this Unique Piece, published in - Artist News - an Internet Weekly... and on the Home page of ARTIST NEWS. Thank You for submitting it, today.

Seekonk, MA - United States

Fantastic shot!

Rijswijk, Zu - Netherlands

Lovely capture Mark! v

Medway - United Kingdom

Superb location and image Mark. V

Antalya, An - Turkey

PERFECT !!! Simply ERFECT !!! FV

Palmetto, FL - United States

Gorgeous v/f

Yellowknife, NT - Canada

amazing shot very well done mark

Fullerton California, ca - United States


San Miguel, CA - United States

Beautiful, beautiful photography. An artwork of nature! Thank you. VF

Jacksonville, fl - United States

revisiting gallery 3 CFC group F/FB/T/G+ promotions

Spokane, WA - United States

Breathtaking image Mark, well done!v

Franklin Square, NY - United States

Mark, Stunning photo with fantastic detail of the waterfalls at Watkins Glen Central. Great capture of the water falling down from the top and capturing as it gains speed before hitting at the bottom. Fantastic colors and detail of the mountains seemingly cut away from the water constantly running over the edge. Excellent waterfall photo, voted, Tweet, FB and Google + promoted

Merritt Island, Fl - United States

Whoa....that is a long drop! You framed it and composed it beautifully.

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

My gosh!! I am looking at it with wonder! Is this photograph for real? It's so surreal and be-autiful!! Will be a pride-possession to many!

Bury, Ma - United Kingdom

Stunning image Mark. Really beautiful! V&F

Plainview, TX - United States

Wow. Just...WOW. beautiful!

Beverly Hills, CA - United States

this is something else, great shot Mark v

Catskill, NY - United States

Awesome capture. v/fb

Tucson, AZ - United States

Beautiful...really like this.

Brussels - Belgium

Beautifully photographed, both ethereal and eternal. V!

Redan, vi - Australia

Oh my, how beautiful is this! v/f/g+/fb

Suffolk, VA - United States

Great capture. v

Prescott, AZ - United States

Very nice...voted.

Montreal, QC - Canada

Most impressive! voted and faved!

Calgary, AB - Canada

Absolutely stunning - you have given me another new place to add to the travel wishlist! Voted.

Perham, MN - United States

This capture is beautiful. v

Scotts Valley, CA - United States

Visiting for CFC round 21 great capture, will check out another.

Alexandria, VA - United States


Calgary, AB - Canada

Wow - great photo Mark! voted

Holbrook, MA - United States

Brilliant nature capture - voted, faved and promoted on Facebook


Remarkable presentation ...Mark ..f/v

Jacksonville, FL - United States

great shot v/f

Auburn, PA - United States

Great capture Mark - super colors and detail - Dave - V/F/P

Rochester, NY - United States

another beautiful photograph....stunning and earthy v/f/fb

Morro Bay, CA - United States

Totally awesome!!!

Thunder Bay, ON - Canada

Mark wow this is great I love this shot the water flowing over the edge, the long fall to the place below and the mist rising up, voted and favorite

Hecla, SD - United States

Another beautiful amazing capture...Stunning work, Mark! F/V

Calgary, AB - Canada

Heavenly! what a capture! v/f

Astoria, NY - United States

Beautiful composition and lighting

Lawrence, ka - United States

Watkins Glen brings back memories of the races there.

Hermann, MO - United States

Wonderful image Mark. A personal favorite. Super water handling, so silky and great processing. voted

Maryland Heights, MO - United States

I can almost feel the spray of mist on my face. Beautiful. voted.

San Pedro, CA - United States

Mark, this is just crazy good! The lighting at the top of the falls and the breach from where the water falls...just makes for a remarkable image! v f t

New Orleans, La - United States

What a beautiful piece voted and tweet

Chicago, IL - United States

great view of the Watkins Glen waterfall! :) Watkins Glen is a beautiful park. This brings back memories! f/v/l!

Toronto, ON - Canada

wonderful shot Glen V/f

Concho - Snowflake, AZ - United States

Fantastic capture, Mark! F/Voted

Galveston, TX - United States

So much beauty in this capture...just lovely! :D V

Port Vincent, LA - United States

Wow!!!! Breath-taking shot! The kind that we find in the National Geographic... Stunning... No other word for it right now. And I really appreciate the description here. Really instructive about the Cascade. Really make me wanting to be there. Faved - Voted - Pined and Tweet :)

Seattle, WA - United States

Wow capture! v. Marcie

Mandeville, LA - United States

Beautiful capture!

Clovis, NM - United States

I aiways have thought of Watkins Glen in connection with auto racing. What a nice diversion from that.

Mark Papke replied:

Yeah Watkins glen ufortunately is probably better known for racing however this is also a very popular park across the country or even the world. It is definitely one of the most unique.

Rochester, Ne - United States

Beautifully captured Mark!!!

Lexington Park, MD - United States


Laguna Hills, CA - United States

That's quiet the waterfall. beautiful shot! R21vp

Long Prairie, MN - United States

Beautiful capture, what a waterfall! V

Naples, FL - United States

Great capture...v

Murphy, NC - United States


All Over, sl - Poland

Stunning shot and lovely scenery :) V!

Jacksonville, fl - United States

Mark, one continuous stream of awe and beauty falling in the unknown depths of the cavern that awaits it!V/F/FB/T/G+ promotions R21

Gaston, OR - United States

wow v

Scotts Valley, CA - United States

Great capture! Voted, g+1, twitter, pin it

Stroud, Gl - United Kingdom

Beautiful composition. v

Puyallup, WA - United States

Anotheer great capture. v

Northridge, CA - United States

Mark, every photo you have are marvelous capture of dedicated photographer to the nature..STUNNING !! V,F,T) for Gallery 3

Fort Myers, FL - United States

So beautiful. f/v

Young Harris, GA - United States

Stunning shot, Mark! V gallery 3 CFC

Lauderdale Lakes, FL - United States

Another absolutely jaw dropping gorgeous vista Mark. f/v

Woodburn, OR - United States

Really nice shot- you caught the length of the fall really nicely.

Laval, QC - Canada


Clarence, NY - United States

Stunning capture Mark.v/p

Voorhees, NJ - United States

Wonderful shot!!! v/f -Kim

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Dark and damp, with cavernous pathways, alien-like stone formations, rare plants, and eerie isolation, Watkins Glen is the type of setting you would expect to find in a fantasy film rather than Upstate New York. Carved into the escarpment at the southern end of Seneca Lake (the deepest of the Finger Lakes), this hanging valley is the oldest and most renowned State Park in the Finger Lakes region. The park is easily divided into two sections, the deep shale and limestone glen that the park is most known for, and the upper park, which is filled with picnic, camping, and recreation facilities.

Visitors to Watkins Glen start their journey in the lower parking lot, which is actually within the massive mouth of the glen. Here the limestone cliffs tower 200 feet above Glen Creek and the parked cars. Visible from the lot is Sentry Bridge, a CCC-era stone overpass that towers above Entrance Cascade. The first of many waterfalls and bridges within the glen, this scene is eerie; embedded between two sheer cliff-faces, half hidden, almost as if a hint about the wonders to come.

Fittingly, the 1.5 mile-long Gorge Trail starts from a dark spiraling tunnel cut into the cliff-side. It is this tunnel that effectively removes the technology, traffic, and noise of the bustling village and envelops you in a world of natural stone, calming flowing water and gentle breezes. From the first gaze upward at the surreal Glen Alpha, the (recently-raised) gate admission fee is immediately forgotten and a sense of wonder and amazement takes over. Despite walking on a manufactured pathway, through chiseled tunnels, and over mortared bridges, the Gorge Trail puts you within the glen itself, as close as one can safely get, where you will feel changes in temperature as you progress, get splashed by the refreshing waterfalls, hear the birds singing above the rim canopy, and tread carefully so as not to step on caterpillars and salamanders.

Winding up the glen, the trail leads visitors through an assortment of cliffs and abutments that can best be described as natural sculptures. Each breathtaking scene after another is unique in sight and sound, and seemingly isolated from the rest of the gorge. The trail presents each scene perfectly, as if displaying landscape paintings lined up in a row. The aptly-named Glen Cathedral widens like a gothic church, with a natural pool, dubbed the Baptismal Font, facing the "cathedral's" pulpit: a beautiful stone arch bridge and 60 ft Central Cascade. There's no surprise that over the last hundred years or so, each segment of the glen, vista, rock feature, and waterfall has been nicknamed. Continue on to the Glen of Pools, and what many consider to be the "main attraction": Rainbow Falls and Triple Cascade. Such a generic name does little justice to this majestic dreamscape. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

The Gorge Trail is what defines the park. It is why people come here year after year, and why I consider this to be one of the most photogenic spots in New York State. It inspires artists; amazes young and old; invigorates the soul; and brings out the inner conservationist in even the most urban of us. Although small and tucked away in the heart of Upstate New York, away from busy cities and major airports, Watkins Glen is a national treasure and certainly a world-class attraction.

Outside of the glen, the park has trails along the gorge rim that offer more casual hiking experiences with more typical wooded terrain and an abundance of historical and educational markers that help to guide you through the natural and unnatural history. Abundant picnicking grounds and an Olympic-size swimming pool give families a reason stay a while longer, and for those that can't get enough, the west end of the park has a beautiful campground with restrooms, playgrounds, ball fields, and over 300 modern campsites.

The Village of Watkins Glen should not be overlooked. Steeped in racing history, this Grand Prix town hosted its first road race in 1948 on a course that wrapped around the park and actually crossed Glen Creek. Racing has since moved to its own contained course and hosts amateur and professional circuits, as well as concerts and other events. Other nearby glens, such as Excelsior and Havana, are not as grand as Watkins, but certainly worth the time to explore.

Seneca Lake is known for its wine, and the southern end near the village is packed with excellent selections. Some wineries offer casual dining, and gift shops as well. The village itself is home to several casual eateries, one particular favorite is the Seneca Harbor Station, right on the lake. Grab a bite to eat, head over to one of the ice cream parlors for a sprinkled cone and walk along the pier at the village's waterfront park and enjoy the scenery.
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