Niagara Gorge Rim Trail

New York

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Niagara Gorge Rim Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Niagara
Length: 6.5 miles
Trail end points: Niagara Scenic Parkway, just south of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge (I-190), and Terrapin Point on Goat Island
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10497762

Niagara Gorge Rim Trail Description

True to its name, the Niagara Gorge Rim Trail traces the eastern edge of the Niagara Gorge, offering connections to three state parks and spectacular views of the Niagara River below and the surrounding city skyline.

For much of the journey, the paved pathway parallels the Niagara Scenic Parkway, providing access to Devil's Hole State Park, Whirlpool State Park and Niagara Falls State Park. The trail crosses the river on a pedestrian bridge over Goat Island, nestled in the channel leading to American Falls, and ends along the northwestern shoreline of Goat Island.

Nearby, travelers can also explore the Great Gorge Railway Trail, Devil's Hole Trail and Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and restrooms are available at Devil's Hole Park, Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls State Park (332 Prospect St.) and Goat Island.

Niagara Gorge Rim Trail Reviews

trail extends into Lewiston

The trail has been extended into Lewiston with fantastic views of the lower river to Lake Ontario. The new section of the trail starts at 9th and Seneca and is a not too steep climb up the escarpment. Once at the top, the trail is on the old Robert Moses Pkwy pavement and over the dam to Devils Hole with many rough pavement joints.

An OK Trail But Have Ridden Better

We didn’t care for this trail, north of the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. The trail ran alongside a closed roadway, which was OK; nothing to see though. We only rode as far north as Whirlpool Bridge. We were detoured onto a sidewalk prior to the bridge. The detour was not pleasant. At Prospect Point area, bikes need to be walked. My favorite part of the ride was around Goat Island. Oh and the parking lot at which we wanted to park (Discovery Center) was closed. We ended up parking in Niagara Falls State Park parking lot. We have a N.Y. State Park Empire Pass, so we didn’t have to pay to park.

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