This is a nice hike on a nice day for sure. Overall the trail is quite well groomed (my father and I groomed it even more) almost all the way to the falls. It's a 2.2 km hike from your parking spot and takes about 45 minutes one way. You will cross the brook 10 times as the trail follows the river the whole way meandering from one side to the other. If you are a good river rock runner then you may not even get your feet wet. :->
You can choose two ways to get to the main path about 350m from where you park. Both involve going thru or under 2 electric fences. These are the cow variety not the Hogan's Heros type so not a big deal. The farmer allows hikers to past through his field to get to the path (we asked to be safe and the locals have been doing it for ever).
The easiest way to the path is to take the dirt farm road path up to the farmers field where you will unhook the electric fence with the yellow holder, pass thru, and then rehook it up (if you go this way for heaven sakes don't forget to rehook it up or the cows get out). Now follow the fence line (with it on your left) until it turns to the left. Continue following it to the left until you see the continuation of the dirt road start up on your right again (about 100 ft from the left turn you just made). Follow the road down to the river (you will pass thru the electric fence again with the yellow handle). By the way if the handle thing is too complicated you can always just roll under it (it's only one strand of wire). Cow electric fences, for you non-farm folk, are only meant to zap the curious wet nose of a cow so if you touch it you will know about it but it shouldn't mame you for life :->
The other way to the river is to simply follow the river from the road. After you park at the church walk southwest down the 850 until you reach 3 mailboxes on your right plus a sign Brook Lane. Enter the meadow on your left and follow any number of grassy paths towards the woods. The river will be to your right. Head towards N45 37.485 W65 51.878 if you get disoriented. This time you will need to roll under the electric fences as there are no convenient yellow unhooking and rehooking thingy's.
Sorry this sounds so complicated (it really isn't - I just want to make sure you find the path along the river). Once on the path it's smooth sailing all the way to the falls. The path goes along the brook and crosses it 10 times.
The Falls are found approximately at N 45Â° 36.609 W 065Â° 51.384 (+/- 50m)
To start off, get yourself to Keirsteadville on Route 850. You will park in the parking lot at the Keirsteadville United Baptist church.
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Posted By: lindsay_may
- Fri Jan 02 16:12:42 UTC 2015
Upsidebeautiful scenery DownsideWe went in Dec 2014 after some rain, resulting in us being unable to cross the stream. This made the trail way more difficult than it would be if you could cross (very steep, rock slides, slippery) CommentWe parked in the church parking lot- there is a dirt road that continues past the cow pasture and fence (this was very muddy/cow poop)...only on the way back did we realize that there is a trail that avoids this if you head right through the backyard of the church (small path behind church, down the hill)
Posted By: ADolan
- Mon Jul 26 11:16:48 UTC 2010
UpsideVery nice easy hike. Kids loved that they got to cross the stream so many times. CommentThanks for this trail. I did not know about it and was very impressed.
Posted By: treeinaforrest
- Sun Jun 01 21:50:37 UTC 2008
UpsideGreat falls at the end of the trail, well groomed trail easy to follow. DownsideMosquitos!!!!! CommentLoved this trail, we took our son(3)who was able to manouver quite easily, with a couple of piggy back rides. Loved the fact that you have to actually get in the water!!! Will be doing again.