Pros: sheltered picnic area, well groomed trails, new bridges, delightful tree roots
Cons: limited parking, falls partially covered by trees
Travelling from Nova Scotia’s economic hub in Halifax toward the famous Cabot Trail, I found myself yearning for a hike after spending 4 hours driving into Baddeck - a quant, beautiful lakeside village. I was thrilled to find a covered picnic shelter where I could prepare food before hiking up to the falls.
It was early October, 2013 when I was here. The leaves were starting to turn bright red, orange and yellow. The colored leaves made for the perfect hiking companion along the wide, well groomed trails.
On the hike you can expect to find a variety of mushroom species clung to the sides of trees, or on fallen logs as the forest in this area appears to retain moisture, making the perfect habitat for any discerning mushroom family. The forest seemed richly green and full compared to other parts of Nova Scotia, usually dominated by conifers. It almost created that “enchantment” feeling every hiker wishes to find on a new trail.
As you make your way along the stream, you come across several newly built bridges, which replaced older, less sturdy bridges in the past. Eventually you’ll come to an area with some amazing tree roots. Large, well displayed, and undisturbed root systems wind their way around and on top of rocks making for awesome picture taking experiences. Shortly after this section, you cross the river to where the falls are. The falls are partly hidden due to trees (so pictures can be difficult) but you can still see and hear the roar of the falls. If you’re brave, you are able to walk along the rocks at the bottom of the falls for an up close look at the falls themselves. It seems are those the falls have one landing pad, halfway down, creating two separate falls – creating the temptation to climb up the side to see just how deep the landing hole is.
Conclusion: Great hike for any age. Since there are no steep sections there are practically no restrictions on who can use this trail (although it is dirt and not paved). The new bridges look great and are sturdy. Falls are pretty if you can find a good spot for viewing.
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