For a trail map and directions, visit the New York State Parks website here. There is a small fee to get into the park, but since we arrived before the official park hours, we didn't have to pay (the park is open from dawn to dusk, but they collect fees from 10am-6pm).
We started at the Lower Park Entrance and took the Gorge Trail. I'd say this trail is moderately difficult. There were lots of changes in elevation; the beginning of the trail is pretty much a straight climb up. Lots of stairs on this trail! Sometimes the trail was up high in the woods and other times it ran down along the gorge.
About two miles in, a bridge crossing the gorge leads to the Rim Trail. We crossed here and climbed up the Cliff Staircase, which gives awesome views of the area and Lucifer Falls, in particular.
|View from Cliff Staircase|
We took the Rim Trail back to the parking lot. We also took a walk down to the Lower Falls, which is often open for swimming but wasn't while we were there. The water levels looked really low. Our total hike was approximately 4 miles.