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“Best hiking trail in Niagara. Awesome rapids!”

Niagara Glen Nature Areas
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

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.

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Reviewed 22 September 2012

This is a wonderful place to spend an hour or a day. There is many nice places to picnic and get close to the river. If you decide to go down to the gorge make sure you are in shape the walk down not bad coming back up very strenous !

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Reviewed 22 September 2012

a vast variety of trees and bushes. Great place to go on a bike ride or to have picnics with your dear one.

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Reviewed 22 September 2012

The queasy, vertiginous stairway - straight down the escarpment - is worth shaking knees to experience this gorgeous hike and the powerful force of the river. Ancient boulders of fallen rock are covered in mosses and ferns that make you feel like you are the very first to discover this natural wonder.
Leave your flip-flops at home as proper foot wear is a must. We always take visitors here before going to The Falls proper. It is a dramatic natural place that builds up the anticipation of Niagara Falls. This is nature at its best and beats all the honky-tonk commercialism of what much of this area has become.

2  Thank MLF1955
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

We bought a picnic lunch and took it to the Niagara Glen, very well maintained grounds, walking trails and picnic areas ... some with charcoal BBQ's and many picnic tables. Nice relaxing lunch.

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