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Niagara Gorge

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 304' 93 m
Descent: -304' -93 m
High: 584' 178 m
Low: 309' 94 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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A nice loop route to the best of the beautiful Niagara Gorge.

Sarah Baker

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly This is an easy hike leading to great views of the Niagara Gorge that the entire family will enjoy.

Overview

This loop provides a nice hike along the Niagara Gorge Rim and the Niagara River, which offers a great opportunity to see the many rapids on the Lower Niagara River. Expect the descent into the gorge to be steep with some sections of tricky footing.

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. Take this right and descend steeply to the Niagara River. At the bottom of the gorge, the route splits. The left fork heads along the Whirlpool Rapids Trail. Take the right fork to continue on the route. The trail follows the Niagara River along cliffs and through groves of trees.

At a junction, after about one mile of following the river, take a right. The trail immediately ascends numerous steps through a nice hardwood forest to the top of the gorge and back to the Devil's Hole parking area.

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Oct 7, 2019
Matti Rottstock
2.5mi — 1h 45m
May 27, 2018
Robert Barns
3.4mi
Oct 5, 2017
Judy Bruinsma
1.5mi
Jul 2, 2017
Richie Girardin
3.2mi
Apr 11, 2017
Ashley Artieri
5mi
Jan 7, 2017
Bryan Galligan
Linked devil's hole to whirlpool rapids and skipped the rim trail. Great easy hike and almost totally empty in winter. 4mi

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  4.3 from 7 votes

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The dog very much enjoyed it.
Oct 7, 2019 near Niagara…, NY
Fall colors
Oct 7, 2019 near Niagara…, NY
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
The Devil's Hole Trail leads right near the water's edge.
Oct 25, 2016 near Niagara…, NY