This is a way to get to a couple of waterfalls on Benvie Brook. It took me a couple of trips (and an older but better map) to find where the falls were located.
The first part is bushwacking through a logged area until you meet a dirt road. The logged area was replanted with fir trees and they are set pretty close to each other so if the trees are wet so will you be. There was some flagging tape from time to time but not enough to lead you all the way to the dirt road.
The forest around the brook is mature so most of the walking is easy excepts where there has been some wind knockdowns (maybe from Juan???). Anyways the main fall is quite high and the pool at its base could be a good swimming hole.
Take Highway 224 past Middle Musquodoboit, past Kent (the town) and turn left on Benvie Mtn Rd. Drive approximately 550m and park your car. Head into the woods on the right in a NNE direction until you hit a dirt road. Follow it to a bridge over the brook and follow the brook upstream for 200m to see all the falls (second to last one is about 45 feet)
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Posted By: WolfOfShadows
- Tue Aug 08 22:29:17 UTC 2017
QuestionI am extremely familiar with this set of falls; I used to hike to it nearly every day after school as a teen and pretty much lived there on summer weekends.
But I have never done it thru the Benvie hill road route, I always used an other access road, which would be a 4 minute drive to the bridge and query if the road were in drivable condition. It's also gates :(
There was A LOT of clear cutting up there between 200 and 2005, and lots of access roads back then apparently. The log trucks always exited the Benvie hill road, so I had expected a road to be more prominent.
I was up Benvie hill last week and could not for the life of me find any road that would link me to the logging road that the bridge is on. All overgrown to the point they were not able to be discovered. It was nice to see that there was some planting done up therethough, as it was a real mess in 2004.
I drove for about 45 minutes. Looking at the map later on, if I had only gone a few more kms I would have ended up in Stewiake!
Are there more accurate directions on how to find the old road to the bridge from the hill side?
Much of the dead fall is due to soil erosion and poor logging practices, as well as much of the trees being very old or sick. I was up there last year via my usual route and was quite happy to see the area recovering from the tree "harvesters". I hope to see lady slippers and painted trilliums up there again one day, as well as the return of the black backed wood peckers that had nested before the clear cutting took place.
If one can get to it, it's a great place. Great energy, and the top of the third fall is a great swimming hole, if you can stand the cold!ANSWERS are in this forum: more accurate directions?