I found this trail while travelling in southern Ontario to visit family. We were a couple of hours early and had passed a few signs for the Eugenia Falls Conservation Area and decided to check it out. It was worth the short detour as this little haven gave us a chance to hike along the Niagara Escarpment and stretch the legs after a long drive.
From the parking lot you can head east or west along the trail and soon find yourself on the cliff edge of the escarpment. The eastern part goes directly down to the falls only a few minutes away. The trail here follows a low stone wall along the ridge with a few nice lookouts although most of the view is obscured by the cedar trees growing out from the cliff. You can go east to the top of the falls, and if the wind is gusting just right, as it was for us, you'll see the water blowing back up over the falls. The trail then follows the river upstream a short way. Following the stone wall westward you will join up with the western branch of the trail.
At the head of the western branch of the trail in the parking lot there is a sign with some info on the Niagara Escarpment as well as a history of the Eugenia Falls and the short gold rush that took place here. This part of the trail follows the ridgeline west, with some sections almost overhanging the edge, seemingly held together only by the roots of the cedars growing out over the 30m drop. There are a couple of steep side trails leading down the escarpment, presumably to the river below, but we weren't really dressed for it. The trail continues on west as the ridge slowly winds down toward Eugenia Lake.
A great place to take a walk if you are travelling in the area, and there's even a large picnic shelter for lunch time!
Eugenia Falls is one of many conservation areas in the Bruce Peninsula/Collingwood area. The turnoff is on Highway 4 just east of Flesherton, a little less than an hour southwest of Collingwood. When you get to the small town of Eugenia, head northwest on Pellisier St. and follow the signs to the falls.
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