Sunday, 5 August 2012

Lower Vaughan, Hants County
N 44° 50.675 W 064° 15.1 44
20T E 401025 N 4966448

RIVER: Mint River
CLASS: plunge
SIZE: 20 feet
RATING: excellent (****)

TRAIL: dirt road, path
HIKING TIME: 15 minutes


NS Atlas Page: 57/X4
NS topo page: 021A16 (Windsor)

DIRECTIONS: from Windsor, exit HWY101 at Exit5, proceed into
the town, turning left at Curry's Corner on HWY14. Follow this
road 19km, to New Ross Rd. Turn left, driving approximately
1.5km to Falls Lake Rd on your left. Pull into this road, and park
well off the road near the gated entrance to a cottage community
at 44 N 50.354 064 W 14.948. There is summer parking
sometimes available at the end of this road, at 44 N 50.667
064 W 15.090.

Trail Description: from the first parking coordinates, follow the dirt
road along the lakeside past the summer cottages, to the end of
the road at a cul-de-sac. (Parking2) The trail to the falls is on your
left hand side, you should be able to hear them from here. The
trail is well worn as this is a popular swimming spot in the
summer. The falls are just upstream of where the Mint River
empties into Falls Lake.

These picturesque falls are well worth a visit, with a high water
flow they positively rumble. Looking like a miniature Niagara
Falls, there are many excellent sites at river level and the bare
rocks above to view the falls. The pools at the base of the falls
excellent for fishing. You can find pumpkinseed, brook trout and white bass here.

Also nearby Millet Falls, take the time to enjoy Falls Lake Provincial Park which is located about
1 km before Falls Lake Rd along the New Ross Rd. This is a small picnic park with a beach and
boat launch, popular with canoeists and kayakers. I t has also been registered by The
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is considered a Protected Area in
Nova Scotia.

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