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Overview of Fort Niagara State Park

Fort Niagara State Park, located in Youngstown, New York, at the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario, is rich in history and scenic beauty. The park is adjacent to the historic Old Fort Niagara and provides a variety of recreational opportunities along with its impressive historical significance.

Recreational Activities

Swimming: The park offers a swimming pool with a view of Lake Ontario for those who prefer pool swimming to lake swimming.

Picnicking: There are many picnic areas equipped with tables and grills where visitors can enjoy a meal outdoors.

Fishing: The Niagara River and Lake Ontario provide ample fishing opportunities, but make sure you have a New York State fishing license.

Hiking: There are hiking trails within the park for those looking to explore the area on foot.

Boating: While there's no boat launch within Fort Niagara State Park, nearby marinas offer facilities for boaters.

Playing Fields: Facilities for baseball, soccer, tennis, and basketball are available, catering to sports enthusiasts.

Camping Information

No Overnight Camping: Fort Niagara State Park does not offer overnight camping facilities. Visitors interested in camping will need to seek accommodations at nearby campgrounds or stay at the park's cabins or cottages.

Historical Significance

Old Fort Niagara: The adjacent Old Fort Niagara is a historical fortification originally established in the 17th century. It played a significant role in the struggles of France, Great Britain, and the United States to control the Great Lakes region.

Park Facilities and Concessions

Park Office: For information and assistance, you can visit the park office.

Concessions: The park has a food concession stand that operates seasonally, offering snacks and refreshments to visitors.

Rules and Regulations

Park Hours: Fort Niagara State Park is open year-round, but hours vary by season, typically from dawn to dusk.

Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash no more than 6 feet long. Remember to clean up after your pets.

Alcohol: Alcohol is not permitted in most areas of the park.

Permits: Special events or large gatherings may require a permit obtained from the park office.


Accessibility: The park offers some accessible features, including picnic areas and restrooms. Contact the park office for specific information about accessibility.

Lodging and Nearby Attractions

Lodging: While camping is not an option, there are various lodging options nearby, including hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts.

Nearby Attractions: Visitors can explore the Niagara Wine Trail, Niagara Falls State Park, or take advantage of the many tourist attractions in the nearby towns and cities.

Contact Information and Address

Address: Fort Niagara State Park is located at 4 Scott Avenue, Youngstown, NY 14174.

Contact: Information about the park can be obtained by calling the park office directly or visiting the New York State Parks website.

Reservations and Fees

Entrance Fee: There may be vehicle entrance fees during peak times.

Reservations: While Fort Niagara State Park does not require reservations for day use, nearby campgrounds and lodging will require booking in advance.

Always check the most current information before planning your trip, as details may change due to season, weather, or other factors.

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