North River Falls

North River Falls

On the way along the trail to North River falls you will notice at
least one foundation and a number of stone walls. These walls were
created of the stones cleared from the land, which a number of Scots
families called home in the mid-1800?s. In fact the park is located on
the former site of a schoolhouse. The children of the Scottish settlers
probably used this same route to travel to school each day.

The
trail starts at the sign near the edge of the parking lot, and leads up
to an old road. The first five kilometres or so make for fairly casual
hiking and will provide many chances to get a good look at North River.
You will come to a fork in the path; following the left will take you to
the river where you will get a glimpse of a Salmon pool. Keep an eye
open, you may see these hungry fish jumping for flies. This is where the
casual hiker may want to turn back, but if it is true beauty you want,
follow the right path, to the falls. The remainder of the trail is
fairly difficult, with many ups, downs, and makeshift bridges (logs with
boards nailed to them) but it is the length that may get you in the
end. Stretching nine kilometres to the falls, the trail takes you along
both banks of the North River, crossing it in two locations, and
becoming more treacherous toward the end. Watch your step, roots and
rocks are a common interference on the last three kilometres.

The
last kilometre is a series of hills and drops and the sound of the falls
is not an uncommon occurrence. As you approach the falls the sight will
overwhelm you. The North River Falls are the highest falls in Cape
Breton (about 100 ft in height) and are a sight to be seen. The first
day we went to the falls we spent about two hours there. It was a little
early in the year, but they say it is a great place to swim later in
the season. In the spring butterflies are abundant in this area.

NOTE:
Near the start of the trail you will notice a lead off trail that heads
down toward the parking lot. Early in spring, Lady Slippers grow along
this trail (around mid June). They are a delicate flower, unlike any you
have seen before. These plants are considered endangered and should not
be picked.

 

Trail Type Waterfall, Woodland
Elevation ???
Length 18km Return
Difficulty 5/5

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