A wildly beautiful walkway leads down from the upper level of Devil's Hole State park to the base of the Niagara Gorge, where the Niagara River twists and turns alongside an amazing hiking trail. Historically, it was the location of the portage route used by Native Americans to bypass the rapids of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls.
From the upper level, Devil's Hole State Park overlooks the lower Whirlpool rapids and the lower Niagara River. Hidden away is a wildly beautiful walkway that leads down from the park along the turbulent Niagara River. The hiking trail begins in the wooded gorge and offers an up-close, spectacular view of the gorge's rapids. It is one of the most popular trails for hiking and for fishing. Please use extreme caution on the trail by following the signage and staying on the trail.
Historically, it was the location of the portage route used by Native Americans to bypass the rapids of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls. Native Americans took their canoes out and carried their supplies to the top of the Niagara Gorge. When the European settlers arrived in the Americas, they hired the Native Americans as porters to help carry their canoes and supplies to the top of the Niagara Gorge.
This worked well until the British wanted complete control of the portage. They attempted to take control from the Native Americans but were initially defeated. The battle at Devil’s Hole was the first of many between Native Americans and European settlers.
Official Site of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Junior Ranger Program.
A now famous book was written about Lewiston's role in the Underground Railroad, called Freedom Crossing, by Margaret Goff Clark, and is read by thousands of grade school students across the United States every year. The Freedom Crossing Monument commemorates the Underground Railroad movement in Lewiston and was dedicated on October 14, 2009.
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