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We did this trail on Saturday 8/18/18. It is being used at the detour for the Chimney Bluffs trail. You can access a small section of the Bluffs Trail from here. It is a very easy trail, great for families with kids.

Overall amazing hike!! The hike starts out pretty flat and then quickly starts ascending for about a mile and a half at inclines between 15-40 %. That was definitely the toughest part but you get a pretty good break at the junction of marble mountain and whiteface. The views make it 100% worth it!! The only downside was that the terrain was quite rocky (easy to trip a lot), and very muddy at certain points despite the beautiful weather.

hiking
1 day ago

After all the rain the Southern Tier received this week, water levels were high but not exorbitantly so - you could still see the shale formations under the stream and behind the waterfalls, and many tributary creeks were flowing in the woods. Perfectly gorgeous hike on a beautiful, cool, party-sunny day, a rarity this summer! It was an excellent workout, too. I would very highly recommend these trails, and hope to come back soon.

Fun with the kids!!!

very rough. expect a lot of ups and downs. moderate is putting it lightly. great trail though.

short moderate trail. kids, dogs and tree roots. drought has stolen most of the the water from the falls. flame was lit, and was cool to hear kids get excited once they spotted it. makes for a nice hike and set of woods. went off trail into the woods so the dog could case some chipmunks. nice steady flow of people all day. parking lot is an excellent size. useful for lazy summertime naps in the vehicle.

Absolutely beautiful! Lots of scrambling! Lots of birch trees and ferns and moss.

Gorgeous! Neat way to view the beauty of the Niagara Gorge. Good advice to wear proper shoes to enjoy the rocky terrain. Fun to watch the whirlpool jet boats go by!

3 days ago

Hands down one of the worst trails in WNY. I would hardly even call it a trail. Worth going to maybe just to see the waterfall, but even that’s a stretch.

can't download maps though I am a member

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike through the Gorge! A moderately difficult hike mainly due to slippery rocks, stairs, and tourists stopping to take pictures. The view of the rocks and waterfalls along the path were wonderful. I will definitely be back!

PARK AT LAUREL HOUSE ROAD! The trail and falls are simply awesome, but parking on 23A is insane. Continue past into Hunter and park above the falls, where they have beautiful trails leading to all parts and viewing areas. Im a little chubby and would call this moderate, not easy, but all in all just loved it!

walking
4 days ago

A hidden gem

very much a disappointment . 4.5 hours round trip and was hoping for breathtaking views. all you can see from the top is big pine trees. what a waste . been on much better hikes than this that offered so much beauty . just before you get to the top you can see a little of the mountain ridges across but mostly obstructed

DON'T TAKE THE INDIAN TRAIL... We started hiking gorge and from Jacob's ladder we headed back on Indian trail, the gorge trail as the name suggests is awesome but gets crowded but worth it. The Indian trail has maybe 1-2 viewing points and it doesn't have anything that makes us feel that we are at a glen... So just make sure you get back in the gorge itselff

I have really enjoyed the hike... Upper and middle falls are really close and its not much of a hike, the walk to lower falls is nice the canyon gets deeper and lot of pine trees around its really nice... After the hike dont forget to drive in park road and stop at all the scenic lookout points you will love itt.... Opps I forgot to mention that the middle falls has a rainbow... :), I would love to go back in fall..!!

This is by far one of the best state parks I've been to. A true gem in the state of New York. Plenty of trails and scenic views that take your breath away. If you are looking for a fun getaway this is the place to be.

Really awesome trail! I would say it is medium to difficult. If one has any back or knee issues I would not attempt this. The views at the top are amazing.

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing trail. I was initially disappointed that it was raining my only day in Ithaca but turned out for the best. There were hardly any people to contend with and it cooled me off on what couldn’t been a tough hike/trail run. I did a lollipop loop where I started at the south lot took a left halfway through to get the rim trail and then got back on the gorge trail at the north lot. Another advantage to parking the south lot was a cold refreshing dip afterwards!

I like this trail...

Though a short and easy trail, it set the pace for a brisk hike through the woods. The waterfalls were dry when we visited (mid August), but the view was still very scenic and pristine. This trail is perfect for first timers.

Tricky to get to. Got turned around and ended up off trail twice, but the waterfall is breathtaking and we were the only hikers that day.

hiking
8 days ago

We started from the south lot so we did all the elevation first, a lot of steps and inclines in this direction but not terrible. The views are spectacular from the rim and the gorge side once alongside the falls. The step on the rim trail took a good bit of effort but I was looking for that. If you’re looking for an easier route than you could Park 2 cars, one at each lot and start from the north to mostly skip the inclines. Really amazing spot and well maintained.

One of our favorites.

Nice trail with great views. Dog and kid friendly.

Beautiful here. Quiet and paved.

A beautiful hike for all ages. Not to hard. Being able To see the narrows, waterfalls, bridges all in one hike. It does get crowded but was still very enjoyable.

I hiked this yesterday. Lots of wet stream-like areas and fist sized rocks on the way up. Trail gets sandy/ gravelly with some pretty views above the 3500 feet marker. You know you are almost to the summit when you see the blue trail leading off to the right, then the concrete block remnants of a fire tower, then a stone wall foundation THEN the rocky outcropping summit. around the front of the rock is a plaque commemorating John Burroughs. I took the blue trail down...not as pretty but there are 2 cool rock formations (one with a view) and one with pretty dripping moss and mini caves. All together (including my stay on top) 4 hours.

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely a well maintained man made trail. A good workout and a beautiful view.

Phenomenal hike. Was very wet due to heavy rains the previous few days. Came up the north side, down the south side, and then bushwacked from the crash site east to the long path. Worth nothing that the south side was exceptionally steep in places with two rock chimneys that took very careful planning. Would not recommend taking a dog on this trail, especially the south access.

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