A Day Chasing Waterfalls

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Who really doesn’t like waterfalls of any description?

Well, both Lynn and I do. Katie, our dog on the other hand does not like them one bit. I guess for her, it’s the sound of the rushing water, or maybe it’s the height thing. But one thing is for sure, she can’t get away fast enough from them. So, she stayed home and guarded the house. Well, she more than likely slept the day away!

Not wanting to let a fine spring day slip by, we decided to head over into the Beaver Valley area to check out both Hogg’s Falls near Flesherton, ON and Webwood Falls a little further up the road in Kimberley, ON.

Hogg’s Falls we had visited in the fall of 2016. Webwood Falls had always been on the list, but we had never taken the opportunity to slip off the main roads to check it out.

Hogg’s Falls

Hogg’s Falls is located on Lower Valley Road about 3 to 4 kilometres from the Village of Flesherton, ON. There is a small parking area which would hold maybe 10 cars or so.

From the parking lot, it would be a easy 5 to 10 minute hike to the top of the falls.

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Given the amount of rain and snow melt over the past month or so, there was a fair volume of water flowing along the Boyne River and over the top at this location.

Following the Bruce Trail, you come to a ledge where you can work your way down to the base of the falls. The distance from the top of the ledge to the river bottom might be 3 or 4 metres, but it’s almost vertical and always very slick from the mist the falls create.

There is a somewhat sketchy rope to use to help get yourself down and back up again. But, unless you placed the rope yourself, I can only caution: be careful!

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Here’s a short video from the base of the falls.

Here’s Lynn getting set-up to do her thing. This is at the base of …… you know that.…..sketchy rope spot. I get the feeling that the ledge down and the river bottom would be slick at most times of the year, as it is well shaded and the mist created by the waterfall would keep the area quite moist.

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Another shot of the falls and a view downstream.

The next picture is just upstream from the top of the falls. I read that there was a sawmill located here and I assume that these ruins are part of what’s left. Looks like the remnants would have controlled water flow at the mill site.

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A couple of pictures further upstream.

A short video clip of the peacefulness found upstream from the top of the falls.

While Lynn was off snapping pics, I pulled out a grocery bag to spend a bit of time picking up trash that ALWAYS gets thrown away/dropped by others. We carry a few spare ones with us for this very purpose.

On a positive note, I didn’t find much trash at all. But, on the other hand I did find some.

In fact, I really didn’t and still don’t want to know what some of it was/is that got scooped into the bag – just nasty.

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One thing though…..

If you are one of the inconsiderate types that think nature is your personal garbage dump for wrappers, plastic bottles, cigarette packaging or whatever, at least drop it at the side of the trail where people who do care can easily pick it up and dispose of your mess.

Don’t try to hide it by flinging it off the trail and down a steep embankment, thinking “out of sight – out of mind.”

These two pictures hopefully show the steepness of the embankment I skidded/slid down to retrieve someone’s poorly discarded cigarette package.

And yes, my hiking pants got covered in mud.

So, if you bring it in; pack it out!

However, all was not lost.

Back in the parking lot, while scooping up more trash, a young fella about 30 years old who was getting back into his car, stopped me and said, “what a great thing I was doing to help clean up other people’s mess.”

He went on to say it saddened him that people treated the outdoors like it was their own garbage dump, especially broken glass. He also said that, “it really didn’t matter these days how far back or isolated he was he in the bush, he could always find other people’s garbage – left behind.”

We chatted for a couple more minutes and kind of left it at, “we can’t clean it all up, but we can do our own little bit each time out.”

That short encounter with a stranger in a parking lot, gave me the tiniest sense that there are good people out there, and lots of them, who do care about our outdoors and nature.

We finished up and headed north on Lower Valley Road, making our way to Webwood Falls about 35 minutes away.

Webwood Falls

Webwood Falls is part of the Webwood Falls Nature Reserve. The falls themselves are easily found on Sideroad 25(Grey County), just east of Grey County Road 7 between Kimberly and Meaford Ontario.

In fact, the falls themselves are located about 30 seconds from the edge of Sideroad 25.

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This is just at the top of the falls. The property where the falls are located was once owned by the Horwood family. The property was donated to the Bruce Trail Conservancy by a decendent of the original Horwood family settlers. This photo shows a wall of one the original farm structures. On the other side of this stone wall, there were new plants shooting up from the remains of a long ago planted perennial garden.

A few pictures of the Webwood Falls.

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Apparently, in the summer months the flow of water can slow down to just a mere trickle. Not so much today though.

Here’s a short video taken at the top of the falls. Simply ignore the fact I’m hanging out over the falls; sort of braced up against a tree for support. Thinking about it will take away from the essense of the video.

We parked along the shoulder of Sideroad 25. Not really sure about any other spots to park. For the hour we stayed there, only 1 or 2 vehicles drove pass this location. Mind you this was a Tuesday afternoon. Things might be slightly busier on Saturday or Sunday.

A bit of a pano shot showing Webwood Falls and the valley bottom.

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The pano shot above, I took from this location in the picture below. Believe it or not, I was just about to scramble down the slope when Lynn called me saying she needed the keys to the car. I must admit, it was steep and a bit slick. Maybe in hindsight it was a good choice not to try it!

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Viewing platform at the top of the falls built by members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

All in all it was a good day out. Not much distance covered, but an adventure scrambling up and down ledges and working hard to get a few decent pictures.

The best part is, these are only two of the many waterfalls located in Grey County.

Why not, check out this link for more information on waterfalls in Grey County.

We top off our afternoon with a quick stop at Thornbury Village Cidery & Brewery. Picked up a can each of their Thornbury Premium Apple Cider and Thornbury Spiced Apple Cider. After “sampling” them once we got home, I can report that both are excellent products. They also brew a variety of craft beer as well. Check out the Cider House for tastings and retail sales.

Maybe our next time out, we’ll head back to hike and explore the Bruce Trail through this area. It’s on the list for hikes and adventures this summer. Cross it off now, and we’ll be able to add something else from this area of Ontario to check out another time.

Thanks for reading!

 

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