On Sunday, June 9th, Bob and I went for a bicycle ride in Niagara Falls NY.
The Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail was our ride destination. We planned to park at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. We encountered road construction detours. We eventually made our way to the Discovery Center, only to find that the parking lot was closed. I believe a portion of the Niagara Scenic Parkway is being removed. That project is the cause of the street detours that we encountered, while attempting to park at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. We ended up going to the Niagara Falls State Park parking lot, where we could park for free as we have the New York State Empire Pass.
We made our way from the parking lot, with our bicycles, to Prospect Point. We found (not easily) a starting point for the Niagara Scenic Parkway Trail, heading north towards Whirlpool Bridge. This part of the trail was not attractive. The trail runs alongside Niagara Scenic Parkway. This portion of the Parkway was closed to traffic, which was nice but still not an attractive trail view. As if it wasn’t enough that we encountered detours, while in our car, the trail itself had detours. At times we were bicycling on sidewalks. Being discouraged by this part of the trail we turned around, while still some distance away from Whirlpool Bridge.
On our way back to Prospect Point we stopped at an overlook of Niagara River. The overlook was reached by leaving the bicycle trail and walking a short distance to the Niagara Gorge Hiking Trail.
Bicycles must be walked at Prospect Point.
The most pleasant ride was from a little south of Prospect Point (when we believed that bicycles could be ridden again) to Goat Island and all the way around it. We didn’t stop for pictures, while on Goat Island.
All total we rode 6.82 miles.