Monday, 27 August 2012

FANTUM FALLS
Dean, Halifax County
45N09.460  62W53.261
20T E508827 N5000471

photo Sylvia Fisher


RIVER: South Branch Musquobodoit River
CLASS: steep cascade
SIZE: 40'
RATING: average (***)

TRAIL: marked trail
DISTANCE: 400m
HIKING TIME: 45 min
CONDITIONS: moderate

GEOCACHE: GC1R558

NS Atlas Page: 50/W2
NS topo map: 011E02 (Upper Musquodoboit)

photo Phil Wilkinson

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Truro, follow HWY102 south 11.5km to EXIT12. Take this exit, eastbound towards Brookfield/Upper Stewiacke on HWY289. Follow this road 27.9km then turn right onto Southside Road at Upper Stewiacke. Follow it 500m and take the first left to remain on this road. Drive 5.8km and turn right onto HWY336. Drive down this highway approximately 10.5km to 45N09.460 62W52.375 and turn right onto a dirt road there. Follow this high-clearance vehicle road about 300m to the marked trailhead. You can alternately park at the gypsum quarry and walk in from there.

PHOTO benoit lalonde

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: follow the trail marked by the "Fantum Falls" sign approximately 400m to the top of the falls and descend the slope into the gorge to the base of the falls. A second set of falls, about 10 feet in height, pushes thru the narrow gorge about 50m upstream from Fantum Falls. Steve Meredith's site shows a total of four falls along this brook, the main falls and three smaller falls of about 5-10 feet in total drop.

photo Benoit Lalonde

photo geoscotians

photo by Andrew Paul (2014)