Goat Island is located between the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls on the American side. Goat Island is also where tourists can take the Cave of the Winds tour and get right up to the brink of both waterfalls at Luna Island, located between the American and smaller Bridal Falls and Terrapin Point. Goat island is one of the highlights on any trip to Niagara Falls.
Goat Island received the name after an early settler John Stedman kept a herd of goats on the island and lost all but one during the winter of 1780. Goat Island has been preserved due to efforts of Augustus Porter, who in the middle 19th century recognized the long-term value of the falls as a tourist attraction.
In 1885 Goat Island was included in the Niagara Reservation State Park which now makes it the oldest state park in the United States.
Goat Island is also the location of “The Three Sisters Islands”. These small islands are located on the southern shore of Goat Island and offer an up close and personal view of the rapids to the Horseshoe Falls.
The “Three Sisters Islands” have recently undergone renovations that include improved stone walking paths and viewing areas as well as landscaping. This is all part of a $25 million dollar effort by New York State to continue to improve the Niagara Falls experience.