RAWDON GOLD MINE FALLS
Centre Rawdon, Hants County
20T E434067 N4989409
RIVER: unnamed tributary of Little River
CLASS: steep cascade
RATING: average (***)
TRAIL: woods trail
HIKING TIME: 45 minutes
NS Atlas Page: 48/W4
NS topo map: 011E04 (Kennetcook)
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Windsor, take Exit 5 off HWY 101, headed west towards Brooklyn along HWY 14. When you reach this small village, 8.6km along, turn left at the war memorial in the middle of the road, continuing straight past the Petro Canada gas station at the top of the hill onto HWY 215. Continue on this road 15.9km and turn left onto HWY202. Drive north along this road about 100m, and park in the logging pull-off on the right just past where the brook passes under the road.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: walk back down the highway about 30m to a trail on the same side of the road and follow this to its conclusion, keeping to the left when you reach the fork in the trail. Continue upstream to the falls. The trail is easy to follow, and the stream is fairly narrow making crossing the stream fairly simple.
Approximately 450along the trail, turning right at the fork in the trail, you will reach the former location of Rawdon Gold Mine. It is presently a bat cave, and I would ask that you respect the signage there, informing the public about White Nose Syndrome, which has killed off a large percentage of Atlantic Canada's bat population, and not enter the old mine. It is closed off and experiments and monitoring is going on presently (September, 2012) The mine adit is located at 45N03.361 63W50.392.