Niagara Falls Hiking
Hiking is a popular recreational pastimes, as a get-away from the hustle and bustle of urban living, while enjoying the beauty and wildlife of nature. Hiking season runs mid-May until October, thorough the snow-free season. Of course, with unpredictable weather, trails may be closed anytime during the season. The provincial or national park wardens will inform you of any closures or cautions.
Day hike, where you expect to return home before evening, doesn't require as much equipment as an overnight hike. You should wear a good pair of hiking boots (sturdy running shoes will do), and clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. Because weather conditions can change quickly in the outdoors, it is safer to overdress, in layers, than to be under-dressed. For a day hike bring water, food, sunscreen, a map, a compass, a rain coat, knife, matches, and of a hiking buddy.
For an overnight hike, you'll also need a tent, food bags, a change of underwear and socks, and standard camping supplies. Check with your hiking partner to prevent packing duplicate gear, to minimize gear weight.
There is excellent hiking along the Niagara Escarpment:
- Balls Falls (Vineland)
- Brocks Tour (Queenston) 18 kilometres (11 mile) of trail
- Decew Falls (St Catharines)
- Niagara Glen () 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) of trails,
- Sassafrass Tour (Fonthill)
- Short Hills (Pelham)6 trails in this provincial park
- Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail (St Catharines) 9 km (6 miles) of trail
- Welland Canal Parkway Trail (47.5 km paved)
- Niagara Escarpment: Bruce Trail (see below)
The Bruce Trail, stretches 773 kilometres (480 miles) from Queenston Heights in the south to Tobermory at the northern end of the Bruce Peninsula.
The trail follows the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, a ribbon of near wilderness running through one of the most populated parts of the country.
More than just a long ridge of rock, the escarpment is a vital natural link for a rich tapestry of plans, birds, animals, picturesque villages, and history.
The Niagara Escarpment Reserve was named a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990 by UNESCO.
The Trail is marked with white "blazes" (rectangles 15 cm x 5 cm, or 6" by 2"). A turn is indicated by a pair of blazes, one above the other, with the upper one offset in the direction of the turn. Side trails, like those in the Niagara are marked with yellow or blue blazes.
More about the Bruce Trail
There are also come excellent trail in New York State:
- Fort Niagara State Park, Robert Moses Parkway (Route 18F), Youngstown, NY 14174
- Joseph Davis State Park, 4143 Lower River Road, Lewiston, NY 14092
- Niagara Falls Riverwalk, Niagara Falls, NY 14302
- Niagara Falls State Park, Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303 - 716 278-1796
- Niagara Gorge Trail, Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
- Niagara Riverview Trail, Robert Moses State Parkway, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
- Tonawanda State Wildlife Management Area, Lewiston Road (Route 77) Ditch Road Bartel Road, Middleport, NY 14105
- Whirlpool State Park, c/o Niagara Frontier Region, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Nature & Hiking Organiztions There are a number of groups that you can learn more about hiking and the trails themselves:
- Fort Erie Conservation Club Inc (905) 382-2260
- Niagara Bruce Trail Club (905) 684-2090
- Niagara Falls Nature Club Phone: (905) 734-6226
- Niagara Wilderness Journey Community Education Group (905) 354-4866
- The St. Catharines Road Runners and Race Walkers (905) 934-4507, (905) 937-9515
- The Beach Association - Thorold (905) 680-5146
- Conservation Niagara Foundation - Welland (905) 788-3135
- Niagara Parks Commission - (905) 358-0025