Monday, 27 August 2012

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
CONDITIONS: moderate


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)


  1. I was there today but had a tough time finding it. The 300 meters on the dirt rd threw me off and I ended up bushwacking until I reached the river then followed river until I came to falls. once there the proper trail was easy to see and follow out a very short distance to dirt rd. Once your on high clearence vehicle dirt rd its actually not 300 meters to trail head but between 1.5 km and 2 km. Its a really nice place once there and by taking the long way there came across some really wild and high places on river banks that must have been 100 ft straight down. Thanks to Mr. Crowley, I will be hiking to many more from now on��

  2. Yes, that's right thanks to Mr. Crowley,... we were there today, and should say the distance from the main road, going on dirt road to the sign that you park the SUV (you can not go by a car !!) is 1.9km.the bridge there, is almost half the way.