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Located just north of Niagara Falls, Whirlpool State Park sometimes gets overlooked by the majority of the visitors that visit the extremely popular Niagara Falls State Park.  There is no fee charged to enter Whirlpool State Park.  This park is well worth the visit and to explore.

The Niagara Gorge Rim Trail travels through the park as it continues its journey from Niagara Falls State Park to Devil's Hole State Park and on to the Robert Moses Power Plant Vista.  The Robert Moses Recreational Trail also passes through the park and another trail leaves the park, crosses the Robert Moses Parkway to enter De Veaux Woods State Park

Whirlpool State Park has a large picnic area and a nice little playground as well as rest rooms (closed late Oct to mid April).  The park technically has two levels; the upper level with its many overlooks along the Rim Trail with its views of the rapids, whirlpool and the Niagara River Escarpment, as well the lower level that visitors can explore via a 300 feet of trail and steps.  Remember when heading down into the gorge, you will have to climb back out!  Easy down, tough back out.

At the lower level, after descending the stairs, you'll find the mighty Niagara River.  You are in the spectacular Niagara River Gorge!  There is access for fishing in the river.  The trail to the left is the Whirlpool Rapids Trail that travels upstream past the whirlpool and some of the rapids along the Niagara River.  The trail on your right is the Devil's Hole Trail that heads downstream to Devil's Hole State Park.

A great moderate loop hike can be enjoyed utilizing the Devil's Hole Trail, part of the Whirlpool Rapids Trail and the Rim Trail to create a multi-park hike of about three miles that can be started at either Whirlpool or Devil's Hole State Park.  Although we did not do this loop, we are looking forward to checking it out in the future.  If your planning a visit to Niagara Falls, be sure to add Whirlpool State Park to your itinerary.

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Rim Trail

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Niagara River rapids

 

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