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Niagara Gorge Rim Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (8)

A nice route along the beautiful gorge to Niagara Falls.


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5.4

Miles

8.6

KM

Point to Point

587' 179 m

High

508' 155 m

Low

239' 73 m

Up

270' 82 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly This easy, flat route to Niagara Falls will be enjoyed by the entire family. If you want to cut down on the mileage, you can start the journey closer to Niagara Falls.

Description

The route starts at Devil's Hole parking area. The wide trail follows the rim of Niagara Gorge through a hardwood tree groves. The route offers continuous views down to the stunningly blue Niagara River, where you can watch tour boats riding up and down the rapids in the river.

At one mile from the trailhead, a route leading to the right descends into the gorge. Continue straight following the gorge rim. The trail passes through Whirlpool State Park, there are great views of the Whirlpool, as well as bathrooms and picnic tables. The Whirlpool forms at a bend in the Niagara River and spins slowly, collecting debris at its center.

From Whirlpool State Park, the trail continues along the gorge rim, eventually making its way to Niagara Falls State Park. Follow the trail across a bridge and the Niagara River to stunning views of Bridal Veil Falls. Continue along the popular route to Terrapin Point which offers awesome views of Horseshoe Falls. If you have time, there are many tour opportunities in Niagara Falls State Park, as well as amenities such as gift shops, bathrooms, and restaurants.

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Sarah Baker

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  4.3 from 8 votes

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Devil's Hole Trail, well maintained, dog friendly!
Jun 7, 2018 near Niagara…, NY
Niagara Gorge
Sep 8, 2016 near Niagara…, NY
Stairs are more fun down than up!
Oct 7, 2019 near Niagara…, NY
A double rainbow from Bridal Veil Falls.
Oct 24, 2016 near Niagara…, ON
The beautiful Horseshoe Falls on the Niagara River.
Oct 24, 2016 near Niagara…, ON
Step by step, heading down to the whirlpool!
Oct 25, 2016 near Niagara…, ON

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Oct 9, 2020
Joey Atkins
Sep 7, 2020
Daniel McCloskey
Jul 1, 2019
Joey Atkins
4mi
May 11, 2019
Hunter Cutrell
Jun 9, 2018
Robert Barns
Hike from Devils Hole State Park to American Falls. 8.8mi
May 28, 2018
MacKenzie Woodhouse
Great Trail had a great time and it had amazing views!! 5.4mi
Jul 7, 2017
Jon Robinson