0.1 Miles / 0.2 km
Time to Hike:
~5 minutes
Surface Type:
Watkins Glen, New York
42.368549, -76.958116
January 14, 2024
February 12, 2024
16 '

Total Change
16 '

16 '


Discover the enchanting Templar Falls Trail in Watkins Glen, New York, offering an easy 0.1-mile out-and-back journey to the captivating Templar Falls. This scenic hike promises easy access to the stunning 18-foot tall two-tiered waterfall, a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

Starting along Templar Road, just where the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) intersects, adventurers will embark on a gentle descent along the yellow-blazed Finger Lakes Trail. The trail leads to the upper section of Templar Falls (Upper Templar Falls), where hikers can marvel at its majestic cascade from atop the gorge's cliffs. To fully immerse in the natural beauty, venture off-trail into the woods for a short distance downstream, where breathtaking viewpoints await. Here, you'll encounter the mesmerizing sight of Upper Templar Falls gracefully cascading down the gorge's bedrock, standing at an impressive height of approximately 10 feet. Continue your exploration a little further to discover Lower Templar Falls, an additional cascade boasting a height of about 8 feet. Together, these two cascades form the magnificent ~18-foot tall Templar Falls, a spectacle to behold.

After soaking in the splendor of the waterfalls, hikers can retrace their steps back to the parking turnout for a leisurely 0.1-mile out-and-back stroll.

Obstructed Views
Hikers may have a difficult time viewing Templar Falls unless the leaves are off of the trees as most of the viewpoints are located downstream and behind a handful of branches.

Hikers will find a very small parking turnout at the coordinates provided, located on the North side of Templar Road. The turnout is large enough to fit no more than 2 vehicles as of January 2024. Be mindful of the traffic and make sure your car is pulled off the road to ensure enough room for cars to pass.

Dogs are allowed only if leashed and must be cleaned up after.

Steep cliffs: This hike follows steep cliffs that have 10 to 18-foot drops into the gorge below. Watch your step and stay away from the edge for your own safety.

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  1. Parking

    42.368549, -76.958116
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.368549, -76.958116
  3. Upper Templar Falls, approx. 10-feet tall

    42.368731, -76.958349
    Upper Templar Falls, approx. 10-feet tall
  4. Templar Falls (18-feet tall total)

    42.368787, -76.958346
    Templar Falls (18-feet tall total)
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0.1 miles / 0.2 km
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January 14, 2024
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January 14, 2024
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February 12, 2024
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
January 14, 2024
Very short walk. Nice waterfalls
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