Forest path in the Niagara Glen
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Niagara Glen

The Niagara Glen is a unique spot of beauty deep in the Great Gorge that has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Stairways lead to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago.

Visitors should be aware that hikes through the Niagara Glen involve an elevation change of over 60 m (200 ft). Proper footwear suitable for steep and rugged terrain is required. The trails are well laid out and easily negotiated if you take your time! There's lots of interesting geology and biology to explore.

Please note that the Niagara Glen is a Nature Reserve that contains wild flora and fauna (plants and animals). Please observe all posted regulations, stay on trails that are marked and follow generally accepted trail etiquette. Fires are not permitted. Take only photos, leave only footprints!

The Niagara Glen overlooks the Niagara River Whirlpool, a unique natural phenomenon that you must see to believe! Thousands of years ago, as the Niagara River slowly eroded its way through the Niagara Escarpment, creating the Great Gorge, a right-angle turn in the river's path forced the rushing water into a deep counter-clockwise spin.

Get Involved

There are many opportunities to be involved in the greening of Niagara Parks. Take a hike in the Niagara Glen; plant a tree; go on a geocaching adventure; or make a donation to our environment program to benefit Species at Risk in the area. You could also become a member of the Friends of Niagara Parks - Niagara Glen group!


Whether you have an afternoon or a full week to devote to exploring the natural areas of Niagara Parks, you will never run out of things to do. Check out just a few of the activities available. While enjoying the nature areas of Niagara Parks, please be part of a healthy ecosystem. Learn why we encourage you not to feed the waterfowl.

Foggy view of the Niagara Gorge Wall Two girls planting a tree Person walking up a leaf-covered pathway in the forest Older man holding hands with a young boy walking through the forest with large camping backpack