Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Baxters Harbour, Kings County
N 45° 12.883 W 064° 32.477 
UTM: 20T E 378978 N 5007959

RIVER: Long Beach Brook
CLASS: plunge
SIZE: 30'
RATING: excellent (****)

TRAIL: woods road, some bush whacking
HIKING TIME: 15 minutes
CONDITIONS: moderate

Geocache: none

NS Atlas Page: 46/Z1
NS topo map: 021H02 (Berwick)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Take EXIT12 north off HWY101 towards the town of New Minas. Follow the New Minas Connector Rd 1.6km to the intersection, continuing straight on Cornwallis River Crossing. Continue straight 2km and continue straight as this road becomes Middle Dyke Rd as it crosses Belcher St. Drive 4.9km along this highway, turning left onto HWY341, then right again immediately (90m) onto the continuation of Middle Dyke Road. Continue 2.4km, turning right onto HWY221, which is signed for Baxters Harbour.Follow this road 1.1km, turning left onto Black Hole Road, again signed for Baxters Harbour. Follow Black Hole Rd about 5km and turn left onto Gospel Woods Road. Drive 2.2km, and turn right onto Long Beach Road. Follow this road 4.1km, watching for an overgrown ATV trail on your left, just past where Long Beach Brook passes underneath the road. Park off the side of the road.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: follow the trail to the brook (about 150m) and head downstream. When you reach the falls, the easiest way to the base is to move along the top of the cliff to your right, picking your way down into the deep ravine where you can. Stay to the left side, along the cliff wall, to avoid the rotting steps from the old trailer above, they are not safe by any means.

These falls drop over a twenty - twenty-five foot cliff, spilling onto a shelf just above the plunge pool. You can approach and get behind these falls by picking your way close in along the base of the cliff. 

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