Devil's Hole and Whirlpool Trail

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Devil's Hole State Park

Devil's Hole and Whirlpool Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lewiston, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 994 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

As of May 21st, 2020, users have reported that this trail is temporarily CLOSED for construction. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

fishing
muddy
off trail
rocky
1 day ago

Love love love this trail! the whirlpool at the bottom is so worth the trail! lots of stairs but it’s doable, bring a hiking stick with you and wear hiking boots!

hiking
9 days ago

Closed for construction

hiking
muddy
rocky
13 days ago

hiking
muddy
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Take heed, it IS highly trafficked on a nice Saturday. We should have known from the packed parking lot. There’s a slim chance of social distancing on most areas of the trail down along the gorge, in some spots it’s barely two people wide. But, the trail itself is a good hike and going back up all those stairs is definitely a workout! Beautiful views of the rapids. Parts of trail are rocky with a little bit of climbing but mostly fairly level. Also pretty dry right now which was a bonus. Two thumbs up!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
closed
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views from the river. Glad we saw this off the side of the road while passing through.

running
rocky
2 months ago

Excellent trail with so much to see. Would highly recommend. There was just the tiniest amount of mud; otherwise it was smooth sailing. Quite a few stairs to climb in places, but as tough a climb as it might be, just imagine the people who had to put them in.

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

The stairs were a little icy and there were a few big scree fields/rocks to climb over. The trail is mostly flat except for the stairs to ascend/descend. We had a beautiful day for hiking.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

We found this trail from the app and read good reviews so we wanted to check it out. The trail was absolutely breathtaking! Amazing views with some cool off trail spots that bring you very close to the river. The trail is definitely moderate difficulty with some rocky parts that are not maintained all year round. This trail definitely brings out your adventurous side and makes you want to keep exploring. Make sure you don’t skip leg day :)

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent trail. Lots of stairs to get to trail & trail is moderate difficulty. I use it to get a workout outdoors and look at the incredible view of the river and the trail .

Muddy but nice views along river

Beautiful trail, nice changes from flat to rock, and the stairs are well maintained.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Rocks and roots are everywhere, so pay attention. However, the views of the rapids and the powerful river we worth every step. Save some energy for the ascent up the stairs to get back to parking. As novice hikers, we averaged 40 minute miles on the trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Beautiful trail with spectacular views of whirlpool and rapids.

hiking
7 months ago

Hidden Gem in the greater Niagara region. Have hiked this for exercise for years and it never gets old. It’s quick, moderately challenging, and beautiful views of of the powerful current that is The Falls.

hiking
7 months ago

Great way to experience the lower rapids..

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! The river is stunning in color and power. We enjoyed it immensely. Lots of wildlife along the trail and surrounding woodlands. Be alert for snakes. Roots and rocks abound. Watch where you walk and bring trekking poles. The steps are tough for short people like me and the trekking poles are an invaluable asset on any trail!

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