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“Solitude and 2-1/2 miles of Incredible Class 6 Rapids”

Niagara Gorge Trail
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

If you love hike (as we do) don't miss hiking the gorge trail!
The guide book lists the center of the trail as unpassible due to rockslides and that makes enjoyment of the gorge difficult without multiple trips down and back out of the gorge. Hopefully the trail will be repaired next spring and everyone can once again enjoy hiking down from the Falls past the Whirlpool, and down to Devil's Hole!
Being quite adventureous we bushwacked through the slide (no worse than some other off-trail adventures in the Grand Canyon and easier than one in Glacier) and had a great 14 mile trek within a rock throw of rapids who's size and features dwarfed every set of rapids on the upper Grand Canyon!
Not only a great hike, with incredible scenery; but I don't think we saw 30 people in the 7 miles!

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Reviewed 26 September 2011

We went on this trail as it is free and were not disappointed! Great views all along the way of the river and gorge. We hiked from an area farther north and went along the river to the whirlpool area (a couple of kilometers). We went with young children (8,6,3) and would probably not go again with kids that young. They enjoyed it, but we had to them along the way especially along places that were slippery or close to the edge of the rapids.

Your best bet would be to park where the whirlpool and cable car are and then desend there. That trail and those steps are no problem. But if you try hiking along the river, it is more difficult and the way is not clearly marked.

Still, it was a blast. My 8 year old said, "This is best vacation ever!" You can't beat that for free!

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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Friends were just asking me about the Trail as they are going to visit. Thought I would update a few things -
1- parking at Whirlpool and Devil's Hole parks is free.
2 - there are bathrooms at booth parks, you have to look for them, at Devils Hole they are over the pedestrian bridge and to the right from the parking lot
3 - the hike is on uneven terrain, but it isn't as rough as the website makes it sound. Definitely sneakers, no flip flops. The stairs at Whirlpool entrance are much more of a real stair system than Devil's Hole.
4 - website http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/Activities_NatureLoversGuide.aspx
5 - while the trail at river lever from DH to Whirlpool is only one mile, it does take about an hour roundtrip b/c going up and down the stairs/escarpment takes time, plus you will want to stop and admire the river

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Reviewed 3 September 2010

I grew up in NF and hiked this trail quite often. It is beautiful, tranquil, slightly challenging and almost completely private. My husband who has visited several US National Parks and wonders was astounded that we passed but ONE person during our hour hike and then said the above - if this was in the middle of nowhere anywhere else in the country every tour book would talk about this.
It is an up close view of the lower rapids, and as I said a great hike, you could even take a small picnic down. It is what I would term a moderate hike up and down, if it has recently rained it can be slippery. The trail is shaded and cooled about 10 degrees by the nearby water. If you like trails do at least the Devil's hole 1 mile portion, about an hour up, trail and back (or you could go down the trail at Devils hole and back up the same way without doing the trail) - if you have time go beyond to Whirlpool, under the bridge and the bend to see the mist of the Falls in the distance.
Once you climb the stairs back up to the top the higher trail goes much quicker.
You will most likely drive here, park at Devils Hole and return along upper trail. If you are staying dowtown, I think there is now an entrance around the Schoellkopf Museum / across from the aquarium that could take you all the way to Devil's Hole. I am not positive, but even this portion would be worthy. If you are staying downtown and don't have a car and don't mind a 2 hour 5 mile walk / hike, you could go to whirlpool entrance down to the river and back up.

and definitely do the Maid of the Mist if you visit if nothing else
next would be the Cave of the Winds

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Reviewed 27 October 2016
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