Niagara Falls
Travel Guide

Niagara Falls, New York 

The Falls

Goat Island: Cave of the Winds 


The Cave of the Winds is located on the western edge of Goat Island and was a natural cave at the base of the Niagara Gorge. The cave measured 130 feet (40 meters) high, 100 feet (30 meters) wide, and 30 feet (9 meters) in depth. The cave was destroyed in 1954 after a massive rock fall and eventually dynamited to remove a dangerous overhang. Today, the name “Cave of the Winds” remains and is near the same site of the former cave. To get to the Cave of the Winds, an elevator takes visitors 175 feet (53 meters) down from the western cliff of Goat Island to the base of the Niagara Gorge.

Platform at the Caves of the Wind, Niagara Falls (New York State)

Platform at the Caves of the Wind by Lasart75

At the base of Niagara Gorge, a guide leads visitors through a series of wooden decks and platforms right to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls. The wooden decks are removed each autumn due to the potential damage caused by the weight of the ice building up on the decks in winter. As the ice has melted in spring, the decks are re-installed for visitors to enjoy the experience from May to October. Interestingly, the decks are not secured to the rocks below by bolts or any permanent construction materials. The wooden beams supporting the decks are just wedged into the rock crevices.
Caves of the Wind, Niagara Falls (New York State)

Caves of the Winds by Ad Meskens

Ponchos and special footwear are provided but prepare to get wet as you approach the Falls. From the railings of the Hurricane Deck, visitors come as close as 25 feet (8 meters) from the cascading waters of the Bridal Veil Falls. The Cave of the Winds offers an exhilarating experience for any visitor wishing a closer view of the Falls. You can hear the roar and feel the power of the rushing water cascading over, accompanied by the sprays of water on your face. Strong winds are sometimes experience underneath the Falls and can reach speeds of up to 70 mph (113 kph).


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