Devil’s Hole State Park

Niagara Falls, New York

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A winding descent on a 200-foot rock staircase, a trek along the Niagara River’s edge, and a chance to peer inside a huge side gorge are just some of the adventures on this eventful hike. Nearly obscured from view until you’re standing at its rim, the Devil’s Hole area can be startling at first glimpse: a deep gouge in the Niagara Gorge—actually a side gorge, eroded by an outlet of an ancient glacial lake (long since run dry) now filled with thriving vegetation. You’re about to follow a series of stone and concrete staircases around the perimeter of the side gorge, finally coming to ground just a few feet above water level—an extraordinary place from which to view the river’s pounding rapids, standing waves, and daunting rock formations.
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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

A winding descent on a 200-foot rock staircase, a trek along the Niagara River’s edge, and a chance to peer inside a huge side gorge are just some of the adventures on this eventful hike. Nearly obscured from view until you’re standing at its rim, the Devil’s Hole area can be startling at first glimpse: a deep gouge in the Niagara Gorge—actually a side gorge,
eroded by an outlet of an ancient glacial lake (long since run dry) now filled with thriving vegetation.

You’re about to follow a series of stone and concrete staircases around the perimeter of the side gorge, finally coming to ground just a few feet above water level—an extraordinary place from which to view the river’s pounding rapids, standing waves, and daunting rock formations.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Niagara Falls
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 533 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Regional Park Programs Office, DeVeaux Woods State Park, 3160 DeVeaux Woods Dr., Niagara Falls 14305; (716) 2825154; niagarafallsstatepark.com
Local Maps: Available from the Niagara Falls Gorge Discovery Center and at the trailhead
Driving Directions: Directions to Devil’s Hole State Park

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