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Great Gorge Railway Trail

Niagara Gorge Trail System

 

—Suspension Bridge Interpretive Area —

 
Great Gorge Railway Trail (1.1mi, 1.8km) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 19, 2015
1. Great Gorge Railway Trail (1.1mi, 1.8km) Marker
Inscription.
Gorge Trail 4·Great Gorge Railway.(1.1mi, 1.8km)
The Niagara Gorge Trail System is made up of a series of trail sections located in and along the Niagara River Gorge. Two of these trails are located along the top: the Niagara Gorge Rim Trail (6.2mi, 9.9km) and the Robert Moses Recreation Trail (3.2mi, 5.1km). The six gorge trail sections (7.6mi, 12.2km) can be reached from Artpark, Devil's Hole, Whirlpool, and Niagara Falls State Parks.

Gorge Railway Trail, named for the former electric trolley line (1895-1935), begins at this staircase leading to the base of the gorge. Here you can take a short walk downstream to the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, and view the upper gorge and the head of the Whirlpool Rapids. On the way you will pass the abutments of the Railway Cantilever Bridge (1883-1925), and the former site of the incline railway and Witmer's Mill. The main trail leads upstream on a gradual ascent to the top where it ends at the rim trail. The American Falls Gorge Trail begins halfway up the Great Gorge Railway Trail. You must return to that trail junction to exit the gorge.

"We would like to thank the students of Leadership for the Youth of Niagara County (LYNC) and Niagara Falls High School for their good ideas to highlight the may virtues of the Niagara Gorge." —NYPA/State Parks. Niagara Falls National
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 19, 2015
2. Northward
Pier for old cantilever bridge, Michigan Central Railway Arch Bridge (abandoned), Whirlpool Rapids Bridge (NEXUS members only; active upper deck owned by Amtrak).
Heritage Area.
 
Erected by New York Power Authority, New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 43° 6.512′ N, 79° 3.37′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Whirlpool Street (New York State Route 182) and Ontario Street, on the right when traveling south on Whirlpool Street. Touch for map. Marker is at a public parking area under the Niagara Scenic Parkway (nee: Robert Moses Parkway) and immediately south of the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge and the abandoned Michigan Central Railway Arch Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14305, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Bridge to Freedom (here, next to this marker); To The River (a few steps from this marker); About the year 1600 B.C. ... (approx. ¼ mile away in Canada); The Buttery Elevators (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The Inukshuk (approx. 0.7 kilometers away in Canada); Gad Pierce Tavern (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); The Carnegie Building (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Park Place Historic District (approx. 1.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Related marker. Click here for
Marker and Parking image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 19, 2015
3. Marker and Parking
another marker that is related to this marker. The Great Gorge Route marker.
 
Also see . . .  The Niagara Gorge Belt Line - Niagara Frontier Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. Book (Submitted on May 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker and Downriver View image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 19, 2015
4. Marker and Downriver View
Southward towards the falls. Rainbow Bridge in background.
Great Gorge Railway Trail Access image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 19, 2015
5. Great Gorge Railway Trail Access
At the marker. Southward.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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