Most of North America is still under siege by the heat of summer. Many regions have seen above-average summer temperatures and forecasts predict more of the same over the coming weeks. However, if you go by the calendar, fall really is just around the corner and it’s never too early to begin making your plans for a trip to Niagara Falls to see the spectacular fall foliage.
Like many areas in this region of Canada and the United States the transition between summer and fall and the unique makeup of tree species results in the brilliant fall colors that attract visitors from all over the globe. There’s nothing quite like a hike in the woods when you’re surrounded by vivid colors and can feel the crunch of fall leaves beneath your feet.
High season in Niagara begins to wind down at this time so now is the perfect window in which to make preparations for your visit in mid to late October when the colors are at their peak. These are just a few of the best places to see the famous fall foliage for yourself during your visit to Niagara Falls.
Located between Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, Goat Island is part of the Niagara Parks System and is easily accessed from your hotel. While Goat Island isn’t going to offer you extensive hiking options it still has trails to explore and abundant forests for its size. This means you’ll be able to see the fall colors and the falls from one convenient viewpoint. You can also visit the Cave of the Winds here and access the Maid of the Mist boat excursions from Goat Island.
Devil’s Hole State Park
Another of the best places to take a hike through the Niagara region’s most stunning fall colors is Devil’s Hole State Park. A little less crowded than Goat Island, Devil’s Hole offers more extensive trail networks that are dotted with picnic tables and other rest stops that can allow you to make an entire day of your adventure. Many trails follow the Niagara river and offer a great view of the whirlpools that make this park so popular.
Queenston Heights Park
Located on the Canadian side of the river is Queenston Heights Park. While the park is better known for its flower gardens, playgrounds, and concerts it’s also the perfect place to pick up the Bruce Trail, which winds through several miles of the Niagara Escarpment, offering wonderful views of the fall colors along the way. The Bruce Trail also passes several of Niagara’s famous wineries so this hike can also double as an impromptu wine tour as well.
So as you watch the mercury continue its upward climb, rest assured that fall really is on its way and now is the best time to plan your visit to Niagara Falls. Not only does this offer you and your family a much needed break after the hectic back to school weeks, you can also cool off and take in the beauty that is Niagara Falls in the fall.