Special Events at Niagara Falls State Park

Special Events at Niagara Falls State Park

Niagara Falls State Park is more than just water! There is so much history, lore, ecology and more here that we occasionally offer hikes or walks and talks that focus on some of the items that make us even more special! Great events are taking place at the park, and also nearby.
Evening Walk on Goat Island
Sunday, May 27
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Niagara Falls State Park

Relax and unwind from the work week while walking around the oldest state park in the United States; Niagara Falls State Park became a park in 1885. Enjoy stories of yesteryears and today. For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.


National Trails Day - Length of Gorge Hike
Saturday, June 2
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park

Come and enjoy the beautiful Niagara Gorge as we hike rim and gorge trails from the mouth of the gorge at Artpark to the American Falls! National Trails Day is an annual event celebrated across the United States. For information, visit AmericanHiking.org. For hike details and registration, call (716) 282-5154.


American Falls Gorge Trail & 62nd Anniversary of the Schoellkopf Disaster
Thursday, June 7
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Niagara Falls State Park

Learn about the history of Schoellkopf Power Station 3. We will take an elevator ride down to the site to see first-hand what remains of this former complex. After, join us as we hike out along the trail or exit the gorge as you entered, via the elevator. For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.


Let's Hike the Upper Great Gorge Route Trail!
Saturday, June 23
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Niagara Falls State Park

Start out the first weekend of summer with a Niagara Gorge hike. You will get to see some of the scenic overlooks of the river as we journey up to the Whirlpool Bridge and back! For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.


Nearby Parks

Hike Led by National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis
Sunday, April 22
Hike: 1:30 p.m. Start / Book Talk and Signing: 4:30 p.m.
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year (2012), will lead a hike through Niagara Gorge in April 2018Hike through Niagara Gorge with a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year! Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year (2012), will lead a 2.5-mile hike followed by a talk about her forthcoming book, "The Pursuit of Endurance."

The hike will begin at the new Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center (825 Depot Avenue W., Niagara Falls, NY), and will follow Whirlpool Street to the Great Gorge Railway Trail staircase by the Whirlpool Bridge, enter the gorge and head upriver to the American Falls Gorge Trail to the elevator and up to the top. The hike will return to the museum along the Gorge rim trail.

Pharr Davis is a hiker, author and speaker who has covered over 14,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents. She is the author of six books, articles for the New York Times, Outside magazine, Backpacker, and Trail Runner, and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and CBS's "The Early Show." Her new book, "The Pursuit of Endurance," will be released in April 2018. She is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, a guiding service that strives "to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable" for hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels.

While both events are free and open to public, reservations are suggested. Please call (716) 282-5154 to reserve a spot.


Celebrate National Arbor Day: Tree ID Walk
Friday, April 27
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
DeVeaux Woods State Park

National Arbor Day is a day to celebrate planting trees. Join a park naturalist on a walk to see the variety of trees we have in our park, and learn why they are so valuable to us now and for future generations! For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.


Scenic Niagara Bike Ride!
Saturday, May 19 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Devil's Hole State Park

Get your bikes ready, and join us on a bicycle ride from Devil's Hole State Park to the Grand Island Bridge and back. This will be a leisurely ride along the river with stops along the way to view what you may miss when you travel by auto. For information and registration call, (716) 282-5154.


Summer Solstice Ride Along the Niagara Gorge
Thursday, June 21
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
DeVeaux Woods State Park

Let's celebrate the summer solstice with a bicycle ride along the Niagara Scenic Parkway! We'll stop to admire some of the overlook areas and beautiful views of the gorge. You may want to stay after, and watch the sunset! For information and registration, call (716) 282-5154.