Experience the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, a showcase of the natural and local history of Niagara Falls, the Niagara River and Gorge and the Niagara Escarpment. The Discovery Center is the trailhead for miles of hiking trails. Within the Discovery Center, there are hands-on interactive displays, a 180° multi-screen theater experience, and a towering rock climbing wall complete with fossils and geological formations.
Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center
Niagara Falls hiking starts at the Discovery Center’s Niagara Gorge Trailhead Center, gateway to the best hiking and biking trails in the region. The local Gorge Trail System offers challenging sections of steep stairs to climb and rocks to scramble over. Guided Niagara Falls hiking tours are offered during the summer season (nominal fees are associated with these tours).
Great Gorge Scenic Overlook Hike
Begins at the Trailhead Building and is an easy one-hour hike. Age Requirement: None
Upper Great Gorge Hike
Begins at the Trailhead Building and follows the Great Gorge Railway Trail for an easy two-hour hike. Age Requirement: None
Devil's Hole Rapids and Giant Rock
Begins at Devil's Hole State Park and is a moderate level 2.5-hour hike. Age Requirement: Guests hiking this Niagara Falls trail must be at least 8 years of age.
Whirlpool Rapids Adventure Hike
Begins at Whirlpool State Park and is a difficult, three-hour hike, including some boulder hopping. Age Requirement: This Niagara Falls hiking trail is only open to guests ages 8 and over.
Call the Trailhead Building at (716) 278-0820 in season, or the Niagara Region Park Interpretive Programs Office at (716) 745-7848 for Niagara Falls hiking and tour information.
701 Whirlpool St.
Niagara Falls, NY
The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!
NYS Parks / Trails