Wards Falls Trail

  • Distance: 6 KM
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Type: Linear
  • Usage: Hiking
  • Surface: Natural
  • Updated: April 05, 2003

Getting There

Travel from Parrsboro along Highway 209 for about 8km to Wharton. A sign on your right directs you to the dirt access road follow, this road for about a kilometer to the trailhead.

Description

C. Ernest Harrison & Sons Ltd. of Parrsboro owns Wards Falls, and most of the land surrounding it. In memory of their founder they have preserved the falls and have been maintaining the trail for over 30 years.

The trail begins by following an old road into the woods that soon crosses a bridge over the North Branch Diligent River. This river is more like a small brook during dry times of the year, but can wash away parts of the trail when water levels rise during the spring.

As the trail travels up the river into the gorge, many footbridges will take you back and forth from one side of the river to the other. Most of these bridges are sturdy and well-built but some are in need of slight repair.

There are many interruptive signs along the trail and a halfway marker near one of the many bridges. When you come across the outhouses you are nearing the end of your journey in. As the roar of the falls gets louder the trail crosses one last bridge and climbs up a steep path to final view of the spectacular site.

Depending on the time of year there may be nothing more than a small trickle of water, but even then the view from the top of the falls into the gorge is worth the trip.