The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today announced the opening of the North Shore Trail at Niagara Falls State Park after a $1.03 million renovation.
Funded by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY Works Program and the New York Power Authority’s State Parks Greenway Fund, this popular trail will now connect Goat Island with Luna Island via a shaded, scenic route.
New furnishings, pavement, lighting and landscaping have been added, as well as a number of overlooks where patrons can view the Niagara River rapids before it plunges over the American Falls.
Pictures from the North Shore Trail can be viewed here.
“These improvements will provide all visitors access to the stunning views along the North Shore Trail and natural beauty of Niagara Falls State Park,” Cuomo said.
Niagara Falls State Park is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and attracts more than eight million visitors every year.
The restoration of the North Shore Trail continues the $40 million investment being made at Niagara Falls State Park. Previously completed projects include Luna Island, Three Sisters Islands and Prospect Point.
“This trail is perhaps the most scenic of all the trails in Niagara Falls State Park,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of New York State Parks. “It thrills me to know that our patrons with disabilities can now enjoy it and that it is a safe and beautiful connection to Luna Island.”
“The re-opening of North Shore Trails at Niagara Falls State Park, will allow millions of tourists to enjoy the full grandeur of some of this region’s many natural treasures,” said Gil Quiniones, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority.
Gov. Cuomo included $90 million in funding for improvements to state parks and historic sites in the 2014-15 budget.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 State Parks and 35 historic sites. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.