Goat Island, Niagara Falls

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Goat Island is a small island in the Niagara River, located in the middle of Niagara Falls between the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. The island is at the southwest corner of the City of Niagara Falls, New York, in the United States and is part of Niagara Falls State Park.
Goat Island has no residents, but is a popular destination for tourists visiting the falls on the U.S. side; it offers some of the most spectacular views available there, in particular at Terrapin Point. Goat Island is connected to the U.S. mainland by two bridges carrying foot, car, and trackless train traffic, and to the smaller Luna Island by a pedestrian bridge. Goat island is largely wooded and is interlaced with foot trails. The Cave of the Winds tour elevator provides access down to the foot of the falls.
The island was formed during the recent retreat of the falls as it cut inward (upstream) through the Niagara Escarpment. The Niagara River's channel splits in two above the falls, creating two sets of falls, one on either side of the island. In 1959–60, the island's eastern side was extended about 8.5acre for additional parking and a helicopter pad. Fill was provided from excavation for the construction of the Robert Moses State Parkway. In 1955 the area between the Terrapin Rocks and Goat Island was filled in, creating Terrapin Point.
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  • This makes for another great view of the falls. During the winter there are a lot of the trails closed. The island still had numerous spots to view all the falls. The closed trails lead very close to....  more »
  • I am a runner so this was a great place to run 2.2 miles around the island and see beautiful scenery.  more »
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  • Great place to see the American falls and the Canadian side skyline. Don't miss Terrapin Point. Parking can be costly during tourism peak times.
  • Stunning island you can go right next to falls good walk ways to. You can have bus tour only for $3 all day ... polite and friendly staff .

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