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Devil’s Hole / Whirlpool State Park Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


Devil’s Hole – Staircase

Devil’s Hole State Park
Fee: None
Pets: Yes (with leash)
Bikes: No

New York State Parks – Devil’s Hole
NYFalls – Devil’s Hole State Park
New York State Parks – Whirlpool
NYFalls – Whirlpool State Park
Scott A. Ensminger – Devil’s Hole

Distance: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Difficult (descent) Easy (gorge trail)

(2012-09-01) This was Kevin and my initial trip to Devil’s Hole. Our primary purpose was to scout out the fishing access on the Niagara. The park itself is free and the majority of the trail was easy walking. However, the staircase down at Devil’s Hole is a cardiac workout. Save some energy for the walk back! Overall, there were some places that you could get to the water to fish, but caution is needed as a wrong step or two and you could find yourself trying to fight the currents of the Niagara River. We focused primarily on two locations. Saw fish but caught nothing. The trail at Devil’s Hole connects to the trail at Whirlpool State Park. The staircase for the Whirlpool is indicated on the map, but we didn’t take it. In all, our round trip was 3.7 miles.


Bank side – Devil’s Hole


View of the power plant.


Cave along the trail


Rock face …



Gilbert Lake State Park Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


Gilbert Lake Cabins

Gilbert Lake State Park
18 CCC Road, Laurens, NY 137966
Fee: State Park Fees Apply - Pets w/restrictions

NYS Parks – Trail Map
NYS Parks – Park Map
NYS Parks – Camping Map (East)
NYS Parks – Camping Map (West)

Trail: CCC Trail (CCC)
Distance: 0.78 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Deer Run Connector (DC)
Distance: 0.53 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Trail: Deer Run (DR)
Distance: 1.34 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Trail: Gilbert Lake (GL)
Distance: 1.33 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Trail: Ice Pond (IP)
Distance: 1.01 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Trail: CCC-Red Pine Connector (RC)
Distance: 0.08 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Trail: Red Pine (RP)
Distance: 0.83 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Trail: Spring Pond (SP)
Distance: 1.33 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Trail: Twin Fawns (TF)
Distance: 1.73 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Trail: Wilderness (WS)
Distance: 0.78 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

Gilbert Lake State Park - Deer Run Trail

09/24/2011 (Bob Z.) – Leaving from our cabin, we started off on Ice Pond Trail (IP).  After a tenth of a mile, we followed the connector trail for .20 mile until connecting with the Deer Run Trail (DR).  A short trek up the DR led to geocache #GC2GBVD.  The picture above was taken right around this cache.  The road was dirt (or mud in our case, as it rained for a couple of days prior) but easily navigated.  Trail signs can be found along the trail at various trail intersections.

Fair Haven Beach State Park Friday, July 29th, 2011

Lakeview Trail

Fair Haven Beach State Park
14985 State Park Road, Fair Haven, NY 13064
Fee: State Park Fees Apply - Pets w/restrictions

NYS Parks – Trail Map
NYS Parks – Camp Map

Trail: Bluff Nature Trail
Distance: Unknown / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: Unknown

Trail: Lakeshore Trail
Distance: .85 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 21.204 W76 40.969 (South Trailhead)
GPS: N43 21.793 W76 40.382 (Lakeshore/Woodland)

Trail: Woodland Trail
Distance: .85 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 21.364 W76 40.809 (South Trailhead)
GPS: N43 21.793 W76 40.382 (Lakeshore/Woodland)

07/28/2011 (AdvGirl) – We made camp at site #253/#254 along the Lakeview camping area.  There was a good amount of space at these sites, compared to many other camp grounds we’ve gone to.  These sites offered a view of the lake and were close to well maintained bathroom facilities.  We started our hike here.  From the service road, we hiked to the Lakeshore Trail.  The Lakeshore Trail is a rock and sand base.  It is easily walked and allows views of the bluffs towering overhead.  At the north-eastern end of the Lakeshore Trail, you can pickup the start of the Woodland Trail.  This is an easy walking, well maintained trail.  However, on this July day, it had an abundance of deer flies.  Even with “Deep Woods Off”, it didn’t add anything to experience.  The other amenities, especially the two beaches, are very nice.  Canoes and paddle boats are available to rent and offers access to Sterling Pond, Sterling Creek, and Sterling Marsh.


Lakeview Camping Area - Site #253 -Â N43 20.912 W76 41.333


Lakeshore Trail Entrance


View from the Lakeshore Trail


Woodland Trail View