Another good trail to complete in any season is located to the south of Greenwood. The trail could be done by hiking, biking, snowshoes or x-skis as it is quite wide and does not have too many hills. The return point of the hike I describe is the waterfall but I think the paths continue further than this.
The first part of the path is wide enough and smooth enough that most people (including me) will drive down the road. At some point you have to park since there is a big wash out around a culvert in the middle of the road. The whole way to the falls is under a mature evergreen forest and you hear the sound of the water in the river almost the whole time you are hiking. After a while you come to a branch on the trail, I turned right but if you continue straight you will still come out by the side of the falls. However if you do continue straight you will be across form a big area that would be suitable for camping. If the river is high, you might have a hard time to cross but if is relatively dry there are a few boulders downstream of the fall that you might be able to jump form one to another. Anyways, I turned right on the trail and descended a small hill to a brand new, atv size, bridge. I crossed the bridge and as soon as I started to go up I noticed a small trail on the left. I took the little trail (good for mtn bike as well) and made my way to the fall. The falls themselves are Crytal Falls are about 20 feet high. At the base of the falls, is a large submerged area that would probably be good for swimming and jumping off from the top of the wall (you might want to check out the depth first). Once you have returned to you car drive to the metal bridge that is just down the hill (Rockville Notch). Park at the bridge and make your way on the right hand side bank of the stream (facing downstream) to another series of waterfalls. These are about 100m from the road and therefore easy to bring children.
Take highway 201 where it begins and follow it towards South Greenwood. Turn left on Greenwood Rd and then right on Meadowvale and immediately left again on Greenwood Rd (again). Drive all the way to Harmony Rd. Turn right on Harmony and immediately left there is the start of the trail/ dirt road.
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Posted By: Valley-Hikers
- Sun Jul 03 13:19:29 UTC 2016
UpsideIf you're an early morning hiker like me/us, you will enjoy the peacefulness of the morning when there isn't anyone on the trail. This is one of our favourite hikes since it's so close to home. DownsideTrash. CommentOnce you get to the fork in the road, follow the Morse trail until the next fork, then take a right. Follow the path and it will take you to the top of the falls. We haven't taken the left part just yet because we don't really know where it goes but, once you find the top of the falls, it will be hard to hike down the bottom again. Highly recommend it.
Posted By: Shablizzam
- Sun Apr 27 20:20:47 UTC 2014
UpsideA great relaxing walk in the woods on well maintained trail. A few hills, including one steep one down to the falls. DownsideA bit of trash thrown here and there, mostly Tim Horton cups and the clear cut by the power lines takes a tiny bit of the natural beauty away. CommentThis was a really nice, easy walk with my two young daughters and our 12 year old Springer Spaniel. We did meet someone on an ATV. You'll hear them before you see them. Step off to the side and hold your dog, give a wave and continue on :)
You could easily pack a light lunch and spend some time there relaxing and swimming. According to http://nswaterfalls.blogspot.ca/2012/08/crystal-falls-rockville-notch-kings.html, swimming and jumping off the rocks is something people do. If you just want to get out there and take a look, there is another park nearby called McMaster Mill Park where you could stop for a picnic or just head over to Kingston or Greenwood for something at a local restaurant.
Posted By: NovaHammer
- Wed Mar 05 20:48:47 UTC 2014
UpsideWell used and well loved average trail... DownsideMay be too well used with a few off leash dogs present at times.
Posted By: happycamper65
- Fri Jul 20 13:15:05 UTC 2012
UpsideDirections and description are accurate. Good bike ride over woods road that has a few rocky obstacles. DownsideThe falls and pool are below a transmission line. NS Power recently did some brush clearing which makes it look a bit like a clearcut. However they did spare a small stand of trees near the campfire area. CommentIf you are looking for the path to the falls, there are 2-3 options: Just after the bridge described by the author, look for a small homemade wooden sign on your left that says "Logans Run". If you miss that, just continue biking until you are at the edge of the transmission line right-of-way. There is a steep trail that follows the edge of the trees. Too steep to bike though.