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DeVeaux Woods State Park

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3180 De Veaux Woods Drive
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Latitude 43.119214677099997
Longitude -79.057425104399996

DeVeaux Woods State Park has two ball diamonds, a playground, picnic facilities, nature trails through a meadow and Old Growth Woods, and a path that leads across the Niagara Scenic Parkway to Whirlpool State Park with access to the Niagara gorge trail system. 

Pavilion Information
De Veaux Woods has one pavilion available for rental. The day use price is $50 and can accommodate up to 50 people. For more specific details and information on how to reserve a pavilion at DeVeaux Woods State Park visit

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Restroom facilities are available mid-April through late October.
  • Open year round, dawn to dusk.
  • Ice rink, open during the winter season:

    Ice Rink Hours of Operation:
    Sundays - Thursdays: 11:00am - 7:00pm
    Fridays & Saturdays: 11:00am - 8:00pm

    Skating is weather dependent and no ice skate rentals are available. Hockey sticks and pucks prohibited.
  • Picnic Shelter (Non-Electric): Available for reservations in season. Call 8am-3pm M-F (716) 284-5778

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • General Park Usage:
  • No Fee

Highlights of DeVeaux Woods State Park:

  • At DeVeaux Woods State Park, one can "step back in time" to see what much of Western New York was like prior to European settlement. The old-growth forest is dominated by white, red and black oak trees and supports a fair diversity of shrub, moss, lichen, and mushroom species.
  • One of the only old growth forests in an urban setting in the United States is at DeVeaux Woods State Park.
  • The oldest tree at DeVeaux Woods State Park is around 315 years old.
  • Deeded by Samuel DeVeaux in 1853, the property was home to the DeVeaux College for Orphans and Destitute Children, and later became the DeVeaux School.
  • DeVeaux Woods is located within the Niagara River Corridor, which is a recognized National Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA), and the first international (both Canadian and American) IBA site adopted in the world.

What will you see? Plan your visit today!

Look and listen for these birds at our Park:

Everyone is a Steward: Be a DeVeaux Woods State Park Hero!

  • Know the rules and concerns for the area you'll be visiting.
  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Avoid using trails when they are excessively muddy.
  • Don't litter.

For more information, please read our Trail Tips!

Ask a Naturalist!

Q: What is an Old Growth Forest?

A: An old-growth forest (also termed primary forest, virgin forest, primeval forest, or ancient woodland) is a forest that has reached a great age without significant disturbance, so it exhibits unique ecological features and in some cases may be classified as a climax community. Old-growth features include a diversity of tree-related structures that serve as wildlife habitat, which leads to higher biodiversity of the forested ecosystem. Diversified tree structure includes multi-layered canopies and canopy gaps, high variance of tree heights and diameters, diversity of decaying classes and sizes of woody debris, and diversity of tree species.

Q: How can I identify Poison Ivy?

A: "Leaves of three? Let them be!" or "One, two, three? Don't touch me." These plants have a cluster of three leaves at the end of a long stem. More identifying indicators of leaves include three leaflets sitting on a long steam and alternating leaves. The leaflets are broad and the two lateral (side) leaflets are smaller than the terminal (center) leaf. The center leaf usually (almost always) has a small steam, whereas the two side leaves grow directly from the vine and do not have small stems. The leaves tend to be a bright to dark, waxy green when viewed from above. When viewed from underneath, they appear lighter and fuzzier. In spring, the leaves are usually a bright green, while in fall, they turn red.

Q: I saw an animal that looked sick, who should I contact?

A: If an animal appears to be acting strangely it may be sick. Do not go near it!! Find an employee of the park and notify them, or contact a local authority.

Did You Know?

- DID YOU KNOW? An American Goldfinch nest can be so tightly woven as to hold water.

- DID YOU KNOW? The process of vegetation change is called forest succession. "Disturbances," notably fire, insects, disease, climate and human activity, influence the direction and rate of change.

- CHECK IT OUT! In a good year, an oak tree produces between 70,000-150,000 acorns per tree.


Tue 08 Feb
Trivia Tuesday
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park

Come on out to play a game of nature bingo. Figure out the clues to fill in the spaces and compete for small prizes! For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154

Mon 14 Feb
Valentine’s Day Candle Lantern Walk
Monday, February 14, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park

Happy Valentine's Day! Make a lantern and discover the park at night with a walk through the old growth woods. For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154

Tue 22 Feb
Trivia Tuesday
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park

Come on out to play a game of Nature Bingo! Figure out clues to fill in spaces and compete for small prizes! For Information and registration call (716) 282-5154

Sat 12 Mar
Boating Safety Certification
Saturday, March 12, 2022 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
DeVeaux Woods State Park
(716) 282-5154

Course aimed at certifying individuals in Boaters Safety - a requirement for anyone who operates a motorboat. This will be an 8 hour course taught by certified Boating Safety Instructors followed by an examination. Ages 10 and older eligible for certification. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154

Registration: Required

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Did You Know? The process of vegetation change is called forest succession.

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing