GBD-News "Fall Colours and Water Falls, Owen Sound"
The best weekend for fall colours was Oct 11/97.
Oct 4/97 there was nice green, red and yellow contrast.
Oct 18/97 the leaves were half down and was very nice for hiking in the bush.
We will do fall colors in other areas for next year.
You can go to all these places in one day.
This is the most popular water falls in Owen Sound. The main reason is the parking and excellent trail system. You can park at the top of the falls and in a few steps you are looking out over the Owen Sound Valley. If you like to hike for the day you can get to the bottom of the falls from 500 feet north of the main entrance or hike to Harrison Park via the ski trail that Bill Georgas and the Owen Sound Cross County Ski Club put in. (min time 15 minutes, max all day)
This is another popular spot. You can park on HWY. 21 or at the Grey-Bruce Tourist Information Center parking lot. The walk to the falls from GBTIC is a little rocky. Also the Owen Sound Cross Country Ski Club and the Conservation Authority put in a nice system of trails and the Bruce Trail goes right along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment for great views. Caution should be used on the Bruce Trail because of the crevasses and the rocky trail. You can climb down one of the crevasses to the bottom of the falls. The location is about 500 feet north of the falls. The view of the Owen Sound Valley is better than the view you get of the falls. The best view is from HWY. 21. (min time 30 minutes, max time two hours or more)
This water falls is the least popular, mainly because it is a little out of the way and harder to find. It is located 1,000 feet north of the Balmy Beach store on the west side. Here we start at the bottom of the falls. First we walk along a very stony path then we must climb a 100-foot clay bank on very rough steps. At the top you will get some gorgous views of the valley and falls. This is an excellent hike when the leaves are falling. (min time 1 hour, max time 2 hours)