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Watkins Glen State Park

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Located outside the village of Watkis Glen in New York's Finger Lakes region, this park's lower part is near the village while the upper part is open woodland. It opened to the public in 1863 and was a privately run tourist resort until purchased by New York State in 1906. It was first known as Watkins Glen State Reservation. It has been managed by the Finger Lakes Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation since 1924. At the park's entrance is Jacob's Ladder, which has 180 stone steps but the centerpiece of the 778-acre park is a 400-foot deep narrow gorge cut through rock by the Glen Creek stream.