Monday, 17 June 2013

HEMLOCK VALLEY FALLS
Mill Section, Hants County
N 44° 52.368 W 064° 12.917 
UTM: 20T E 404005 N 4969539



RIVER: unnamed brook
CLASS: steep cascades
SIZE: 20'
RATING: average (***)

TRAIL: bushwhacking
DISTANCE: 450m
HIKING TIME: 45 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate

Geocache: GCNMYJ

NS Atlas Page: 57/X3
NS topo map: 021A16 (Windsor)


DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Windsor, take Exit6A off HWY101, onto the roundabout, exiting onto Wentworth Drive. Follow this road thru the town of Windsor to the second set of lights 1.4km), turning left onto O'Brien Street. Follow this road to its conclusion 600m along as it merges with King St. at the stop sign. Continue onto King St. 700m, and turn right onto HWY14 (Signed for Martock, Windsor Forks) which is locally known as Chester Road. Drive 15.4km along HWY14, watching for a pull off, which goes sharply back up the hill above you. (44N52.110 64W13.015). Park off to side.


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: follow the low wood line back along the highway about 450m to a brook flowing down the hillside. Head upstream a short distance, past a smaller 10' fall to the main falls which are nestled in a small ravine, taking a ninety degree turn as they pass from the larger steep cascade into a smaller one. 


If you feel like more of a leg stretcher, head up the hill along the dirt road until you come to the first brook which passes beneath the road and head downstream. There are several channels to this brook at the higher elevation which have nice small cascades.

Ive given them the name Hemlock Valley Falls, as this particular stretch of road passes between Froth Hole Hill and Hemlock Hill in a small valley. I could find no information on the original grantee of this area, and found as appropriate a name for these falls as I could.