1. Long, deep valley
2. Steep or vertical sides
Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen State Park, New York, USA
A glen is a long, deep valley with steep sides, sometimes U-shaped as formed by a glacier.
It may have a river or stream flowing in the middle.
Glens are sometimes formed by a glacier that cuts the valley and the mountains on each side to form a U-shape. A glen can also be formed by a river, slowly shaping the valley.
A glen is from several hundred feet to several miles wide, and usually much longer than its width.
A glen can be found where there has been glacier activity or a river that cuts and shapes limestone and other soft rock formations, forming a valley with steep or vertical sides.
• Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen State Park, New York, USA
• Glen Onoko, Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania, USA
• Glen Aulin, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Near the Finger Lakes in New York, Watkins Glen is a narrow, deep valley cut by a stream known as Glen Creek. It is part of Watkins Glen State Park which includes 19 waterfalls that descend into the glen. Within the Lehigh Gorge State Park in Pennsylvania is Glen Onoko and a trail leading to the Glen Onoko Falls just outside the park on a state game preserve. As a popular hiking spot with a beautiful view of the area, it has also led to a number of deaths and injuries over the years when people move too close to the edge near the second set of falls. On the tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, upriver from the Grand Canyon of Tuolumne, is Glen Aulin. With falls at one end, it is known for excellent hiking and scenic views at an elevation of 7,900 feet.
A long and deep valley formed by a glacier or river, having steep or vertical sides
Glens are also called valleys and dale.
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