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This is a great trail and easy to access. There is parking located across the street from the Whirlpool Golf Course. On the New York side of the river the Whirlpool trail is spectacular as you can walk all the way up river from the whirlpool to view the rapids. The Discovery trail is much more leisurely and the shorter of the two trails.
This two mile trail area is very beautiful, quiet and peaceful. Starting at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center head north for a slow incline descending into the gorge. If you are short on time you can park in the lot right next to the Whirlpool Bridge off of Whirlpool Street and take the stairs down to the river. On a scale of 1 to 5 this hike is a 1 in difficulty.
The entrance to the Great Gorge Railway trail is pictured below.
From either Whirlpool Park or Devils Hole you can descend stairs down to the river. Both staircases are about five hundred steps each way. If you want to enter the gorge from Whirlpool Park, park at the far end of the lot and then walk to the trail heading north along the gorge.
About five minutes later you will see a very non-descript entrance to the stairs on your left. They are very poorly maintained but if you take Want to go hiking at Niagara Falls time you will be fine. Once you reach the trail at the bottom you can turn left and hike towards the giant whirlpool and the rapids or turn right and walk to Devils Hole.
The hike to the whirlpool and rapids is the recommended route. This is a beautiful spot to rest and soak up the scenery! On a scale of 1 to 5 this hike is a 3 in difficulty. Trekking upriver any further than here requires a higher skill level and children are not recommended on this trail. The next one mile of trail is at the narrowest point of the entire Niagara River and the water flows at over 35mph and at depths to feet. Use extreme caution in this area. It takes about forty five minutes to reach the end of this trail starting from the Whirlpool Park parking lot.
On a scale of 1 to 5 this hike is a 4 in difficulty. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Whirlpool trail and the Discovery trail are not connected. If you are looking for a slightly easier descent in to the gorge you can enter from the Devils Hole Park.
The parking area is located right at the exit and there is a pedestrian bridge which crosses the parkway. Continue north for about five minutes along the rim of the gorge to reach the trailhead. Once you reach the bottom of the gorge you can enjoy the views of the hydroelectric plants and the river and you may see a few anglers trying their luck at catching a variety of local fish.
You can walk in the upstream direction for one mile and you will eventually reach the bottom of the Whirlpool stairs. From here you can either head further along the trail to the Whirlpool or take the steps out of the gorge to the top or simply turn around and back track your way to the Devils hole parking area. Stay on the trail! Do not attempt to scale the gorge as much of it is loose shale which will crumble beneath your feet.
Guaranteed every year some inexperienced thrill seeker leaves the trail and has to be rescued and carried out on a stretcher. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset. Allow enough time to get back to the top of the gorge before the sun goes down. Carry your gear in a knapsack to keep your hands free for hiking. Remember that the river is as deep as the gorge is high and moving violently.
No matter how a good a swimmer you are if you fall in the river there is a good chance you will not make it out. The rocks along the edge can be as slippery as ice in winter so stay away from the edge!Want to go hiking at Niagara Falls
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