Niagara Falls Hiking

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Hiker on a fall mountain trail

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.

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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.


Niagara River Recreational Trail There is excellent hiking along the Niagara Escarpment:

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:

Nature & Hiking Organiztions There are a number of groups that you can learn more about hiking and the trails themselves:

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