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Did this loop with my dog on Christmas Eve day. It was beautiful and safe and fun. One side is closed for the winter, but the east side remains open and easy to navigate.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area with several trails. Loved exploring the huge boulders and the color of the water was gorgeous.

Fun, not too crowded/ busy. I went in the Fall and got caught in the rain twice, but found shelter and didn't slip too much afterward. Moderate hike, with some challenging points, especially if you explore off the trails a bit. Stairs were a good workout! Views were incredible.

Really awesome and breathtaking views! Be sure to dress warm and prepare to get wet.

Short trail but pretty. Pretty busy area

2 months ago

A lot of stairs with a view of the rapids. Not much else but it was also muddy and litter on ground.

Nice earlier winter hike. They did have a lot of the walkways closed for the winter which was a bummer.

I’m sure it would have been pretty neat. Only way down is a grate stairway. Probably 120 stairs and we didn’t make it because my girlfriend was too nervous.

trail running
2 months ago

Great views of river on a fairly easy trail

Definitely a must do walk around Goat Island/Niagara Falls State Park. All paved trails and steps/ramps (most areas ADA accessible, including by wheelchair and/or stroller) where needed to see the different falls, rivers, and smaller islands. Cost $10 to park the car, no other fees to hike around. No crowds this fall cool rainy season time of year-had a beautiful mild temp sunny day with gorgeous fall colors everywhere-yellow, oranges, reds!

rock climbing
2 months ago

I was taken aback by the ginormous, mossy boulders that make up this stunning trail. You can tell that this area has a rich geographic history to it. I have been to Niagara Falls more times than I can count but truth be told... I had no clue that this trail even existed. One of my close friends brought me here and now I can’t stop thinking about how badly I want to return to it. Make sure not to miss this trail!

Great quick stop just on the side of the road in a residential area.

Waterfall after waterfall after waterfall! The gorge trail delivers endless beauty. Our dog loved it too. Took the rim trail back which gave great sunset light through the trees. Overall great walk in in the park lots of majesty for minimal to moderate effort.

My family and I just returned from hiking the Letchworth Trail at Letchworth State Park. The previous/below reviews about this trail are all very accurate, so I'll try not to repeat the same information. This trail is very beautiful for its gentle up/down topography, frequent river crossings, and beautiful forests. It is, however, not what I expected in terms of views. I thought I would see a lot of overlooks of the gorge, waterfalls, and river. It does not offer that. The photos you see in brochures and websites of the upper, middle, and lower waterfalls are easily viewable by car/overlooks on the west side of the park . . . and are a must-see. Granted, we saw the falls at what must have been the hight of their water levels, and they were a rushing, spewing, fantastic display of nature. Better than Niagra Falls.

Due to high water levels (there was a three-hour rain storm prior to our hitting the trail, perhaps that caused it?), many of the river crossings were difficult. I mean like "should-we-turn-back" difficult. One crossing was so dangerous, we needed to shimmy on our butts across a large fallen log. Afterward we laughed about how filthy our pants were, but honestly we were not prepared for all the water crossings. I would guess there are 50-75 crossings in total (about 4-5 per mile), many of which you could either hop right over, or have to place just one foot in the river. But there were at least 15 crossings that we were mid-calf deep. So be ready for hiking in soaking feet for long distances. We all wear WrightSox, so we didn't get any hot spots or blisters, thank God.

The lean-to's also were clean inside, fire pits were perfect, picnic tables were great.

But come to this hike well-prepared. We saw one other person the whole time we were there. You will be on your own. The Park Service staff is of no help. Even though you can reach them by phone at certain points on the trail, they are not at all familiar with the trail. We needed help with directions at a couple of key points on the trail and they said "I don't know what to tell you." The Mount Morris Visitor Center Rangers, however, were very helpful and knowledgable.

The yellow hashes painted on the trees and the mile markers are very well done. The trailhead signage is non-existent. After 30 minutes of searching for a trailhead in Portageville, we ended up hitching a ride with the fire department vehicle about three miles up the road and found a way into the park. Unfortunately, we missed a good chunk of the Southern part of the trail.

FYI currently closed due to flooding and washouts. Will they again next time.

Great trail! I wouldn’t classify it as moderate closer to upper easy than moderate. However it was very beautiful the entire time! We started with the Rim Trail which merged into the Bear TrIl, then loops around the Lake and got back into the Gorge Trail. Took about 1 hour and 35 minutes or so. We had our dogs with us a long the way. There weren’t too many opportunities to let them off leash because of the occasional drops from the river or service roads but they still enjoyed their time.

rock climbing
3 months ago

Fantastic trail for both a hike and bouldering!

walking
4 months ago

Trail is located in the central area of Niagara Falls State Park. Offers a fantastic view of rapids and the falls. The trail itself has a lot of traffic, but it's Niagara Falls. Scenic and majestic views all along the trail.

Its not much of a hike but the glen is nice!! Its not crowded and a nice swimming hole!! Water was super cold but I enjoyed my time

hiking
4 months ago

River Trail and Boulder Trail are a must see! So is Whirlpool Trail leading through rocks. Be prepared for solid climbing but also amazing views you've never seen before.

Nice hike. We started at Whirlpool State Park instead of Devil's Hole for the hike down into the gorge. Near the end of the trail just a bit upriver of the whirlpool, you can walk down on the big flat sections of rock for awesome views of the Niagara River. Great place to sit and enjoy a break while watching and listening to the huge rapids. If you are there at the right time, you might get to watch the jet boats take folks up and down the rapids (kind of noisy, but also kind of fun to watch).

WOW! the steps for buttermilk Falls up are pretty strenuous but definitely worth it. The whole gorge is made up of waterfall after waterfall cascades. I would say moderate/easy. I am four months pregnant and we were able to do the hike. We went a little slower than normal with some stops but it was absolutely do able. I did get stung by a yellow jacket so if you or someone your hiking with is allergic bring an epi pen.

A lovely hike that ended up being a little over 5 miles. Nicely maintained trails. A bit crowded in the beginning but it thins out eventually. The plethora of stairs provided a nice challenge.

This was an awesome hike! The moderate rating was accurate. There are staircases at both the Devil’s Hole State Park and The Whirlpool State Park. Devil’s Hole to Whirlpool is a one mile hike. Once you get towards the Whirlpool sections, you can go on the rocks and get extremely close to the Niagara River. Amazing views!

Hiked this trail while visiting NY from Baltimore with my husband and 9 y/o son. We all loved the terrain - very different from what we are used to hiking. We hiked up the creek until we got to the bridge and hiked back down on the steep dirt trail. We absolutely loved climbing the waterfalls. I definitely recommend this one! Wear waterproof shoes with a good grip and take bug spray!

Awesome! So much to see... little bridges to islands. Several smaller waterfalls to find. Access to cave of the winds, and cafe with food and drink.
Most areas are
Dog friendly!!

To echo everyone else, the trail, the scenery in the gorge, the entire experience was awesome!!

My Route: Took the right trail up to the top of the gorge, looped around and back down. so the gully was on our left at all times. THEN walked the water into the gully, up the rope and back down.

My Review: 9/10. Map at the parking lot is confusing and trails are not marked other than blue. It's also difficult to start as it's straight up immediately. However, the water/creek trail is beautiful and there are many photo ops. Also, minimal garbage along trails!

My Advice: Your feet & butt will get wet, plan accordingly. If you have difficulty climbing over logs, rocks, etc. this isn't for you. Don't forget to stop and look up from time to time. The feeling of being g wrapped up in a gully is awe-inspiring.

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