My presentation on waterfalls in this area for the Thornbury Library went live last Thursday evening, and it worked fine. It's now up on YouTube so you can watch this scintillating half hour talk if you wish at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkDwlWSdWsY
It's actually risen to over 500 views (in less than a week) which makes it the library's most popular video, and this library has produced a lot of them! You can also search for it at the 'Blue Mountains Public Library' on YouTube, search for 'Waterfalls of the Beaver Valley'.
This isn't a secret waterfalls, but it's one you may not have seen yet. It's half-way through the new Stew Hilts Side Trail Loop. The walk as far as the falls and out again makes a great winter snowshoe.
Secret Waterfalls - as a way of grabbing your attention, here are two of the 'secret' waterfalls I talk about.
Did you know that you can see two 'secret' waterfalls in the Beaver Valley? They're 'secret' in the sense that they don't flow all the time. In the tiny stream above each falls there are sinkholes, and most of the year the water in the creek just drains down through the sinkhole, leaving the waterfall totally dry. But at least in the high water of early spring there's too much water for the sinkholes, so there's suddenly a waterfall.
It might be just for a few days, or for several weeks depending on the rate at which the snow melts. These falls may also emerge into life after a very heavy rainstorm too, but I've never been there to see that.
The first, a falls I've seen described as Minniehill Falls, is just west of the 7th Line on the Bruce Trail, on GSCA property, approximately at km. 111.6. At dry times of the year you might not even recognize the rocky stream bed as you step across the limestone, but otherwise you may have to leap a small creek. The falls plunges 20 feet just to your right. The best view is by going past the creek and looking back.
Parking here is tricky, right at the crest of the large hill down the escarpment, but it is possible to pull a vehicle totally off the roadway on the east side just where the trail crosses.
The second 'secret' waterfall is the Woodford Creek Falls, at approximately km. 42.8 of the Sydenham Trail Section, just outside the village of Woodford. As the Bruce Trail Guide notes, this waterfalls 'thunders over the edge for about one week of the year'. The rest of the year it disappears into the rock above, and emerges as a spring below the slope. If you approach from the west the trail is at the top of the slope. Over the dry creek it drops down to the level of the spring before heading east.
Approaching on the trail from the east the trail goes through an interesting crevice that is labelled as too narrow for those feeling claustrophobic! I didn't find it so; other crevices just east of Owen Sound are much deeper and darker. Safe parking here is available both at the Community Centre in Woodford and on the St. Vincent-Sydenham Townline.
We're enjoying a beautiful sunny day here and facing at least a few days of rising temperatures. Yes! I think I'm going to transform this post into a short piece for the local Bruce Trail Club newsletter.