Niagara Glen Nature Areas

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Niagara Glen Nature Areas
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Parks • Hiking Trails
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drb8053
Ottawa, Canada188 contributions
Sep 2021
What a great place. We came here with the intention of hiking down to Whirlpool Beach, which we'd seen earlier in the week from up at the Aero Car. After getting a trail map (which everyone should do; we were astonished how many people stopped us to ask for directions) and consulting with a very nice fellow up at the Nature Centre, we determined that we probably didn't have enough time to get all the way there and back in the time we had available. Never mind - we made it down to the water at the River Trail, from where we could see the jet boats coming by. To other prospective visitors I would say give yourself more time than you think, and wear sensible footwear for hiking over uneven and at times rough terrain.
Written September 3, 2021
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Kim E
Region of Waterloo, Canada4 contributions
Oct 2021
Beautiful park and trails. Stunning and awe inspiring scenery. Quiet and serene immersion in nature just minutes from the tourist areas.

Go early in the day before it gets busy (pre 10am). Pick up a map at the park building and talk to the people who work there. They will give you great advice for your walk based on your hiking ability. I saw many people who were really struggling and someone who ended up needing help to get out. You need very good mobility, decent cardio and some hiking experience. Would not suggest going when it is rainy or wet, the rocks would be quite slippery I think.
Written October 3, 2021
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ernie00
Montreal, Canada46 contributions
Aug 2021
This place is amazing, uncrowded and it's a very nice hike. If you are used to hiking it's not a hard hike. We did the big loop in about 1h:30 with a 6 and 12 year old. Very fun hike with the rocks and the views are amazing.

Trails are well marked and maintained.

Hike is free but parking is 2:50 an hour.

About 10 min drive from the tourist area.
Written August 5, 2021
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FATIMAH
1 contribution
Oct 2021
All those beautiful views of niagara riverr are accessible or visible along the niagara river recreational trail which begins around whirlpool aerocar, before it, its a paved sidewalk.
And the safety logs have to be crossed to see those majestic views though its unsafe. But walking along the trail towards niagara glen, after upperwhirlpool trails we can see those amazing views.
We started our walk from Butterfly Manor all the way to butterfly conservatory in search of these views and thats how ended up hiking the niagara glen nature reserve. A steep staricase behind the niagara glen nature centre leads to hiking trails below, they are pretty steep and tricky, winding through the forest and rocks eventually to water.the way had me gasping for breath at intervals but it was an adventure in itself.Views along were serene but there were trees blocking the full view of rapids. and its very very dangerous to cross saftey signs to get a full view.once down i tried getting into water just a little bit and badly slipped ( not hurt though) as the rocks had algae and were very very slippery !
Written October 3, 2021
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Stuart L
Ontario, Canada24 contributions
Jul 2021
I have hiked this trail system for decades but this past weekend I found the Niagara Parks solution to blocking access to the rapids was disappointing. Hikers should be warned of trail dangers including slip and fall accident potential. I regularly meet visitors on the trail with poor abilities anticipating a fall on the wet slippery mountain slope trails. Parks solution of throwing cut and fallen trees at trail access points only makes the hike more dangerous for the most experienced hikers. Yes the Fire rescue has to attend more than they would like but perhaps instead of making the situation worse by adding hazards the Parks could better warn users of the dangers and display accident statistics. If Niagara Falls Fire and Rescue has ordered Niagara Parks to make changes to reduce rescue calls this is not the right solution.
Written July 21, 2021
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Umm Musa
Toronto, Canada380 contributions
Jul 2020
It’s paid parking but very affordable. Nice park for picnic and if you are able to hike then highly recommended to take stairs down and explore. We went towards river trail which took us around 40 mins one way. It’s definitely little challenging with small kids but it’s possible. Our 8 year and 4 year old had fun.
Written July 7, 2020
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allison z
Cambridge, Canada251 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Beautiful Trail. It took us about an hour and a half to walk to the farthest point and back. The trails are marked fairly well, but there are lots of spots where the trail is thin and there are steep drops to the water below. So be careful with young kids. You don't need hiking boots if you don't want, I was fine with running shoes. Great views and lots of spots for photo ops.
Written August 21, 2020
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tommykj
Salt Lake City, UT88 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
100% Free. This trail is not for everyone. I saw old people, people with really young kids, and girls in high heels (we saw all of these people struggling on the trail). This is not a lameass nature trail, this is an intermediate hike with very steep, narrow, and rocky parts. Great hike for active couples or people trying to work off a SKOR bar beaver tail, but PLEASE don't go here unprepared. You need good shoes, water bottles, sunscreen, etc. all the stuff you'd need for a regular hike up in the mountains. If you do the whole trek, prepare to be exhausted and sweaty at the end of it. That all being said, went here w/ the wife and we had an awesome time and it was definitely the highlight of our trip. We got to see the speedboats whizzing by as we hiked and there are definitely a lot of super quiet, serene spots where you can soak it all in.

You DO NOT need a car to get here at all. We stayed at the Sheraton on the Falls and took the Green WEGO bus line from Clifton Hill to Niagara Glen (15-20 mins). It drops you off right in front of the souvenir shop. From the souvenir shop, just walk straight back and you'll see the trail. You go down a bunch of metal stairs and you're there. To get back to downtown, just take the same Green WEGO bus. It'll take you up to Queenstown Heights and then it'll turn around and head back to Clifton Hill (30 mins'ish). It's definitely longer by bus, but if you don't have a rental car or don't want to take your car out of the parking lot, this is the way to go. If you DO drive, there's an enormous parking lot so you won't have to worry about that. The souvenir shop has bathrooms and drinks to buy. I think you can go here to book the speedboats too in the summer time.
Written February 1, 2015
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Geoscientist
London, Canada669 contributions
Sep 2012 • Business
There is a wonderful hiking trail along the Niagara River which can be accessed from the Niagara Glen picnic area via a metal staircase. The trail is heavily wooded and well-travelled yet there are usually very few other hikers on the trail. The trail from the stairway descends the gorge down to river level via several routes. My favourite spot on the trail is Devils Hole Rapids immediately beneath the picnic area at the Glen. It is possible to sit right beside the rapids on some very large white quartzite boulders and watch the jet boats pass by. This is the narrowest point in the Niagara River with Class 5 rapids and a large hydraulic drop caused by the constriction in the river. I try to visit this spot at lunch time and have a picnic on the rocks. This is possibly the best picnic location in eastern Canada!
For all the geoscientists out there, this is also a great location to study the sedimentary rocks that make up the bedrock of southern Ontario. It is also an important location for study of the history of the Niagara Gorge.
Written September 24, 2012
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Patty T
Grove City, PA45 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
The Visitor's Center opens at 10 AM where you can get a map of the trails. You first take an open staircase which takes you about 1/3 of the way down the cliff. Then, if you stay to the right, you come to the basin where you are at river level. By heading left and following the river, you continue along the water's edge and view the rapids.

If you only have one hour to walk, take the first trail back to the top. If you have 1 1/2 hours, continue along the river until you come to the Trillium Trail, Turn left onto this , and it will run into the Terrace Trail - follow this trail for fun rock formations that you will go under as part of the trail. This trail will then run into the Cliffside Trail where you will turn left - this portion has several sets of steps - and return to the original staircase.

Former hikers have left sturdy sticks/rods at the base of the staircase; grab one if you are older - it is so helpful for balancing both on the way down and the way back up! Take a water bottle with you, and take your time to enjoy the beauty of the water. Except for the Cliffside Trail at the beginning and end, the walk is in the shade. This is a must-do activity!
Written May 26, 2018
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