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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  • Offers views that you don't get just from the Canadian side or the Observation tower. Also has the Cave of the Winds located on the island.  more »
  • Goat Island had the best view of Horshoe falls and the Bridal Veil Falls on the American side. On Terrapin Point and some of the other lookout stations, you can get up close and personal with the wate...  more »
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  • There is little bit of walking there but it’s very beautiful. You can spend all day easily even if you don’t visit events. Which means you can enjoy for free. Take the bus ride, which is easy to go to goat island. No hassle of parking.
  • Great place to see Nature and the Niagara before it becomes the Falls! Be careful as the roads are being worked on as soon as you reach Goat Island. There are detours set up and only one way in and out as always but the traffic directions have changed due to the roadwork as of 23 March 2019. No signs indicating what the work completion date is

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