Watkins Glen State Park
The first weekend opening at the popular campground was right after Labor Day, the three-day holiday that traditionally signals the end of summer, exactly when we were to visit our friends on nearby Seneca Lake. It was also the weekend of the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Celebration where the reenactment of America's first Grand Prix automobile road race takes place through town and on local roads. I was surprised to find campground openings then as that is a very popular event.
|The South Pavilion|
I wondered where the old race track used to be as we drove up the hill on highway 329 looking for the turnoff to the park entrance by the famous Seneca Lodge. It turns out we were on it. The entrance leads to the parking area at the south Pavilion, and getting to the campground from there is a short but steep drive. The South Pavilion also marks the beginning of the footpaths down the beautiful Glen gorge. Most park visitors rarely venture further up than the Pavilion, which also boasts an Olympic size swimming pool. The pool closes on Labor Day.
|Turk and I check out a vintage race car... Really!|
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