Hike To Niagara Gorge Whirlpools

New York Whirlpool State Park

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

Easy Parking
River
Scenic

Climb 500 stairs into the Niagara Gorge and get an up close view of the whirlpools and rapids. Recommended only for hikers over 8 years old.

There are many different hiking trails in the Niagara Falls area, one of the favorites and most challenging being Devils Hole and Whirlpool Trail. Park at the far end of the lot at Whirlpool Park and walk towards the river where you'll see the trailhead going north. After about 5 minutes on this trail look for an entrance to the trail leading to the stairs on the left - keep a sharp eye out, it isn't so well marked.

The trail starts out at the top of the gorge and climbs down about 500 very old steps - be sure to step carefully and remember that children under the age of 8 years old are not recommended on this hike. Once you make it down the stairs, take the path left as it takes varies conditions between sheltered woods to boulder hopping. This trail runs right alongside the Niagara river giving you great views of the whirlpools. Keep an eye out for "Butterfly Rock," a favorite spot to launge near the water and soak some sun. This is a great path to hike in the summer or fall; however, it is often closed due to heavy rains in the spring.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Layers
  • Snacks
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My least favourite thing about Niagara Falls is the city that's built up around it, so this short walk along the gorge is a good way to get out into nature beside the river and do your best to forget the urban sprawl that is right next door. The current and whirlpools are really stunning and worth seeing to broaden your experience of the actual falls.

10 months ago
10 months ago

Awesome challenging trail, pretty cool seeing abandoned cars just don't try and climb up to see them unless you have hiking boots! Would definitely do it again!

11 months ago
11 months ago

I did this hike in the reverse direction, parking at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve and taking the steel staircase down into the gorge. It was a fantastic hike with the fall colours, but the fallen leaves did make the path more slippery in certain spots. This trail has become one of my favourites in Ontario, the geology makes it really interesting and there are lots of spots to stop and enjoy the view.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Tough hike, though I preferred the hike on the Canadian side to the hike on the US side. The bouldering and geology was more interesting on the Canadian side.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Caitlin Marczewski

I grew up in log home in the country so it's not a surprise that I love being outside at all times. I am an avid hiker and skier but I am up for just about any adventure :)

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