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The Most Epic Hiking Trails in Niagara Falls


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The Niagara Region is an outdoor playground for locals and visitors alike, offering a vast network of trails to explore. The stunning views from a good hike along with the fresh air and serene surroundings will help you reconnect with nature and stay grounded during turbulent times. Experts agree that spending quality time in nature reduces stress, calms anxiety and leads to a lower risk of depression.

Niagara is known for its abundant waterfall trails, gorgeous valleys and the famous Bruce Trail that winds closely along Niagara’s Escarpment. While many have visited Niagara’s most famous attractions, only a few have considered the surrounding hiking trails, including some of Canada’s finest.

Niagara Whirlpool Loop

3050 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON

Distance
5.5 km
Elevation gain
182 m
Route type
Loop

Reviews:

“Beautiful hiking trails, scenery that cannot be matched anywhere in the world. Popular fishing area along Niagara River shores, at whirlpool area. Hiking trails for advanced hikers, considered difficult and dangerous in spots. Waters are treacherous, and no swimming allowed.”-Marc Kirouac

“This is a hidden gem in the Niagara area. Nicely built stair and trail to lead from the parking area to the river side. The scenery is beautiful particularly in the fall colour. The hike might be a little bit challenging because of the long staircase, but you will be rewarded by the beautiful view of the Niagara river.” -Roger Mak

“Some incredible views that photos don’t do justice. Also if you do the full loop just keep going you will eventually come back up to the top.” -Anon I.


Whirlpool Trail

4280 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8

Distance
2.1 km
Elevation gain
109 m
Route type
Out & Back

Reviews:

“Loved everything about this trail and hike. Will definitely go back again and again and again.”-Vee Hope S

“We hiked in the fall on a Saturday morning and it was much less crowded than the Niagara Falls area. The views are stunning and we even found a fish that was stuck in a tidal pool and threw it back into the river! Don’t pass up this chance to get great close up views of the whirlpool.”-Tiffany Abrahamian

“Much better experience than the Niagara Falls. Strongly suggest to visit after the fall view!”-Shawn Kwok


Niagara River Recreation Trail

3351 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON

Distance
24.9 km
Elevation gain
443 m
Route type
Out & Back


Reviews:

“Some of the best scenery in all of Niagara Falls and the world. Perfect at anytime of the day, any weather. Great for hikes, walks, bike rides, rollerblading etc.” -Nicholas Meloche

“Very beautiful park, does an awesome job” – James Duguay

“This is our favourite bike ride each year, from Niagara-On-The-Lake to The Falls and back!! Either Spring of Fall – during the week is best to avoid the crowds, cut off the The Parkway at the Helicopter Rides (stop lights) and ride through the town of Niagara Falls to Clifton Hill, then back down to the river (much safer!!). About 52km round trip… pack a lunch & enjoy the Falls!!” -G Slain


Dufferin Islands Loop

7230 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L0S 1A0

Distance
2.3 km
Elevation gain
190 m
Route type
Loop

Reviews:

“Nice trails, good place to spend an afternoon. Parking is easy and a reasonable price. Especially nice during winter as they host the Festival of Lights, would recommend!”-Alicia Kiedrowski

“Tranquility and peacefulness envelopes this area just past the Niagara Falls attraction area where you come into immediate contact with ducks, geese and occasional swan as you transverse the waterway pathway that meanders through some marsh and grove areas. Fall adds the hillside colours and tree lined paths are painted with same. Absolutely enjoyed the walk and the interactions with the wildlife.” -Glen E. Grant

“Relaxing and peaceful!! Quiet and not many people. Great getaway from touristy area of the Falls.”-Tim Farney


Heartland Forest Trail

8215 Heartland Forest Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 0L5

Distance
2.1 km
Elevation gain
7 m
Route type
Loop

Reviews:

“Love love love! A place for anyone of all ages. This trail offers wheelchair access through a gorgeous forest landscape. There’s tons of variety of wildlife in here including birds, turtles and even snakes! It’s a beautiful area in all seasons to visit. You can easily spend an entire day here with access to the park or picnic tables.”-Sabina Bashir

“Was only able to walk the trails, but still had an enjoyable experience. Trails are well maintained and there’s plenty of parking. I loved watching all the frogs in the marsh areas!” -Megan Cochrane

“It’s a beautiful piece of Niagara and it’s free! The trails are always clear and cleaned and is accessible to anyone of any ability. From the giant tree house to the boardwalk to the ponds and playground this is a great place for families!”-John Latimer


Fireman’s Park Loop

2275 Dorchester Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S4

Length
3.7 km
Elevation gain
38 m
Route type
Loop

Reviews:

“This was a wonderful park for a peaceful ramble. The lake is a beautiful focus for the basin of the park, with grassy areas, paths and meadows. There is a very large pavilion if shelter is necessary. The abundance of trees, shrubs and wildflowers is endlessly fascinating. The wildflowers fringing the edge of the lake were wearing their Autumn colours and leaning over to preen at their reflection in the lake. I really enjoyed several hours spent looking and enjoying the fall colours. Several groups of young people were training for distance running, while at least two groups were playing frisbee golf, but all of them were pleasant and accommodating of others in the park. This park is a treasure.”-Christina Vandervlist

“Great place to go for a walk in the nature. Lots of trails to wander, hills to toll down. They also have a frisbee golf course. You could have a picnic here too if you wanted. Looks really beautiful in the winter too.” -Kyle Kryski

“One of my favorite parks in Niagara. It was a fantastic park as a child for tobogganing and general kid activities, and still a beautiful park to hang out in as I get older. Lots of nice trails and a beautiful lake down at the bottom section. A playground and dog park at the top. Lots of shady spots”-J. Sharp


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