Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Upper Vaughan, Hants County
44N46.452  64W14.650
20T E0401553 N4958611

RIVER: Roaring Brook
CLASS: mixed
SIZE: 18', 25'
RATING: average (***)

TRAIL: none
CONDITIONS: moderate


NS Atlas Page: 57/X5
NS topo map: 021A16 (Windsor)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Windsor, take Exit5, onto HWY14, west towards Windsor. At its intersection with HWY1, approximately 1km along, turn right and continue 1.8km. Turn left onto Chester Road (HWY14) (Watch for signs for Martock Ski Hill) Continue down this road 26.3km, nearly to the county bountry with Lunenburg County. Watch for a dirt road on your left, pull in here and park. There is also an old portion of the highway about 500m back up the road that has plenty of parking. 

Trail Description: walk down the side of the highway about 400m to where Roaring Brook crosses under the highway, and make your way downstream. There is no trail to these falls, so its a mixture of strolling thru a mature forest with a tall overstory and rock hopping down this trickling brook.

The top set of falls is a steep slide fall and cascade of about 18 feet in height. The brook spits in two below the top falls, and each branch has a nice waterfall on it where the brook runs over the hill. The stream then joins back together a few hundred meters below the falls and runs, eventually, into Zwickers Lake, then along the Avon to the Minas Basin.

If you approach from the second parking area, walk down the highway about 200m, watch for the old road on your right. Walk down this long unused portion of the Chester Road to the bottom of its curve and angle into the woods. Its about a 600m bushwhack in from here to Roaring Brook, but its mostly downhill and the forest is fairly open so it is quite a pleasant hike. When you reach Roaring Brook, turn upstream and follow the edges of the brook to the falls.

Both sides of the lower falls are quite nice, with one bearing a concentrated plunge after an initiam small plunge while the oteher is more of a busy cascade.

The top falls, unless its heavy water in the spring freshet, slide over the face of the rock, barely making a ripple.