Whether you want to hike or walk a flat, paved route or go hiking on a challenging trail, there are plenty of routes to enjoy scenic views of the Niagara Frontier. The options are broken down by area, below.
Hiking or Biking the Niagara Gorge and Lower Niagara River
This network of trails explores the Niagara Gorge along the Lower Niagara River. The Gorge was formed by the path of Niagara Falls over history. Take an easy walk or bike ride along the top of the Gorge, or take a more strenuous hike down one of the series of stairs down to the floor of the Gorge.
Devil’s Hole Trail winds 1.5 miles through Devil’s Hole State Park. Moderately challenging, the walking trail is very wooded and unpaved, but provides spectacular views of the lower rapids. You must descend several stone stairs to access the walkway.
The Niagara Gorge Rim Trail runs 6.5 miles from the Terrapin Point north to the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. See beautiful views looking down into the Gorge along the route. Parking and restrooms are available at Devil’s Hole State Park.
Local’s Pick: The Whirlpool to Devils Hole stairs create a nice loop for a few hour adventure. Be sure you’re healthy enough to handle all the stairs involved.
The Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail extends 4 miles from Main Street in Niagara Falls north through Devil’s Holes State Park. This former parkway offers plenty of room to walk or bike and enjoy the sights along the way. Parking and restrooms are available in Devil’s Hole State Park, in Deveaux State Park, and at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center.
Kiwanis Park trail extends from the village of Lewiston to Joseph Davis State Park to Fort Niagara State Park. About 9 miles in length, this trail has no elevation changes and provides an enjoyable route. Concrete and blacktop make for easy biking as well. Parking is available in parks along the route and at the end of the trail in Lewiston.
Helpful Information for Hiking the Gorge
Download a map of the Niagara Gorge trail system, provided by the New York State Parks Commission.
Local’s Tip: Plan hiking in the Gorge for nice weather if possible. Rainy or wintry conditions can make the trails slippery, or even lead to closed trails.
Goat Island and Around The Falls
Goat Island offers easy-walking trails that wind through woods. It is adjacent to the river rapids. Bring your camera for great close-ups of the falls. Free parking is limited on the island. Public restrooms are available.
Additional easy hiking and biking trails extend north and east of the Falls within Niagara Falls State Park. Great Gorge Railway Trail is a 1.2 mile trail extending north out of the park and extends to Whirlpool Rapids bridge. This gently-rolling trail offers great views of the rapids and local historic sights.
Upper Niagara River, Grand Island and Tonawandas
Grand Island features a new 8.5 mile walking and biking trail extending the entire length of the west Niagara River from Beaver Island State Park to Buckhorn State Park. This trail is actually a converted former road and is wide enough for both bikers and walkers to enjoy side-by-side. Keep an eye out for eagles and ospreys nesting in nearby trees or across the water on Navy Island. Parking is available in many spots along the trail, but there are no public restrooms.
Isleview and Niawanda Parks along the Niagara River also offer excellent biking and walking trails. Plenty of bars and restaurants are adjacent to the trail and offer numerous of options to grab a cool drink, sandwich, or ice cream. Plenty of parking is available along with public restrooms. Trails out of the parks extend several miles east into northern Buffalo suburbs as well as south along the Niagara River all the way to downtown Buffalo!