Power Plant Ruins Site
The “Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins Site” at this location offers a free elevator ride down into the Niagara Gorge. You will be able to view the Niagara Gorge, Niagara River, Rainbow Bridge and the remains of what was once the most powerful hydroelectric plant in the world. The plant collapsed into the Niagara Gorge on June 7th 1956. The total destruction of the plant was the impetus to build the Robert Moses Power Project five miles away. The property also houses the Maid of the Mist boats during the off-season.
If you have a half hour or more to spare take the time to enjoy this free ride into the Niagara Gorge and enjoy the views !
Elevator to the River is open to the public daily from May 7 – October 31 2021 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM daily
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Niagara Gorge Trail & Hike Center- The Niagara Gorge Trail is the gateway to some of the greatest hiking, walking and cycling trails the area has to offer. Hike, walk, run or bike along the Niagara Parkway Trail, a multi-use trail that follows the Niagara Gorge. Hikers can access the Gorge Rim Trail, the Scenic Overlook Trail and the Great Gorge Railway Trail from the Trailhead Building next to the Discovery Center.
Four guided hikes are offered during the summer season. For self guided tours visit our hike the Niagara Gorge page.
*Great Gorge Scenic Overlook Hike begins at the trailhead building and is an easy one-hour hike.
*Upper Great Gorge Hike begins at the Trailhead Building and follows the Great Gorge Railway Trail for an easy two-hour hike.
*Devil’s Hole Rapids and Giant Rock begins at Devil’s Hole State Park and is a moderate level 2.5-hour hike.
*Whirlpool Rapids Adventure Hike Begins at Whirlpool State Park and is a difficult three-hour hike, including some boulder hopping.
Call the Trailhead Building at (716) 278-0820 in season for guided Niagara Falls hiking and tour information. If you choose to experience our guided hiking along the gorge trail be prepared for steep stairs and rocks you may have to climb over. Sturdy footwear is recommended.
Located just a short walk north of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls NY.