It was announced this week by New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that the stairs leading into the Niagara Gorge at Devil’s Hole State Park will be closed starting July 17 until spring of 2018 so that they can replace the stone stairs/trail. One of the most popular fishing areas in the gorge, Devil’s Hole is a congregation point for many fish species. Alternative access can be gained through the New York Power Authority’s South Access Road, where a fishing platform and a stairs to the shoreline are available from April 1 to Dec. 1. Other access points include the stairs at Whirlpool State Park, the Suspension Bridge Stairs (under the Whirlpool Bridge), the Great Gorge Railway Trail (that begins at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center) and the elevator at the Schoellkopf Site (adjacent to the Discovery Center). A copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map
The project, which includes the removal and reconstruction of a portion of the stairs and trail, is estimated at $645,500. For more information on this project call 278-1764.