Goat Island Scenic Walk is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Niagara Falls, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 173 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

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In the winter, weather at Niagara Falls transforms the Park into an icy wonderland. Many Park attractions close for the season, but visitors can always see awe-inspiring Niagara Falls flow to the river below as it freezes and a thick layer of ice covers every surface. There is a $5 fee to park. During winter, some of the trails closer to the water get icy and are closed for the safety of visitors.

6 days ago

Some of the trail was shaded, some was sun. It was mostly paved. Several beautiful views of the rapids and the water’s progression toward the falls. It was the end of Spring/early Summer so we saw a lot of squirrels and little baby geese. Make sure to visit three sisters island. The people were friendly and everyone was very respectful of social distancing.

29 days ago

beautiful fun hike but super cold in march

1 month ago

Excellent trail!!! Walked over to Three sisters island. Lots of bugs along the way. Bring spray! Beautiful views and picture ops!

1 month ago

2 months ago

My husband and I went in February it was frozen and beautiful. Glad we went when it was still off season. It was a once in a lifetime trip. We are from the south so it was different with the snow and ice that is treated regularly here than where we live.

6 months ago

I happen to visit the day after a pretty bad snow storm. Despite that lots of the trail paths were cleared and I was able to see most of this trail. Some of the featured spots were closed due to ice and snow on the ground. Bonus: observation deck was free due to the weather

7 months ago

This was a nice, easy, paved trail that provided great views of the falls. It was crowded, especially near the main viewpoints, but the little offshoots were less crowded and had some nice views as well.

7 months ago

This was a very easy walk. It was all paved. We went in October. There were several other people around, but not nearly as crowded as it is in the summer time. This is a must do if you are seeing Niagara from the American side!

8 months ago

everyone must come here!

10 months ago

Great trail that gets you close to Horseshoe Falls and gets you away from the tourists.

Wed Feb 20 2019

Took us about an hour at a leisurely pace with plenty of pictures. It costs 5$ to park. It’s very nice to see the sights of the Canada side over the water. During the winter a lot of the paths that are closer to the water are closed off due to ice. Still great overlooks

Tue Dec 04 2018

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

Sun Nov 18 2018

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

Tue Oct 30 2018

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!

Mon Sep 17 2018

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.

Wed Sep 05 2018

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!!

Fri Aug 10 2018

I went there in winter. The Niagara Falls is winter is so respectful and amazing. The hike in this island is also funny, especially walking in the snow. Another thing, I spent the Christmas Eve in Niagara~

Mon Jul 23 2018

While the trail is very heavily populated, the views are absolutely stunning. It is a must see!

Wed Jul 18 2018

The improvements on Goat Island was a well need update. The views of the falls is a excellent view

Thu Jun 07 2018

We had a great time beautiful!

Tue May 29 2018

Amazing just simply amazing... it’s something you have to see for yourself.

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Mon May 21 2018

Love this place. I live close to Niagara Falls, and every time I go there, I get chills just from how amazing and beautiful the falls are. The views are great from goat island. You can get so close to the falls and just hear and see how powerful they are. Definitely worth it!

Sat May 12 2018

Terrapin point cave of winds, bridal veil falls, american falls. A lot of people around busy.

Fri Apr 27 2018

Went off season so not a lot of people but beautiful!

Sun Feb 25 2018

Very crowded as expected but very beautiful

Thu Oct 26 2017

nice trails

Tue Aug 15 2017

Beautiful too many people

Wed Jun 28 2017

Heavily trafficked - no brainer. Lots of views of the island, falls, and tourists. Recommend doing the cave of winds tour. Totally worth the money to get soaked by one of the wonders of the world.

Thu Jun 08 2017

Good views of Falls and rapids

Tue May 16 2017

Great trail and beautiful views!

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