Impressive power of nature, must-see for North-American visitors
Difficult to call this "hiking" with a straight face, but you can certainly walk some miles on the many paved trails and stairways around the falls and state park. Regardless of that, every American (and Canadian) should ride the Maid of the Mist to experience the power of this world wonder.
This place is great. Many different views is better than just the one that everyone goes to. I suggest hiking around as much as possible to get the full affect of the falls.
Most recently in 2000; first time was back in 1960s as a child. The best times for me were at night or with DH (dear husband) who couldn't bear to walk near the edge to look!
Use to live in the Buffalo area. Been to the Falls many times. Even biked the 40 miles to get there a couple of times. It's been over 20 years since I've been back, would like to get there again some day soon.
I have visited the falls on both sides of the border. Best visit was at 3 am in a downpour while driving to Boston.
Came here with some college friends after visiting Toronto. My first time at Niagara Falls.
Been to the gorge many times, you can't beat it if you're a bird watcher. Great number of birds especially gulls in winter!!
Been there a few times over the years. As a resident of Buffalo, as well as while a tourist in later years.
While it is not permitted to climb the falls, people do climb parts of the gorge. I would suggest trying to see the gorge from as many perspectives as possible: Maid of the Mist, outlook towers, bike trails, jet boat rides, etc.
there's no real way to climb the falls, but you can climb stairs on the walls of the gorge that go from near river level up to the height of the top of the falls, since this is all you can do, i guess this counts.