Thursday, 16 June 2016

Kingross, Inverness County
46° N 26.804 060° W 55.922
UTM:  20T  E 658832 N 5145762

RIVER: Allan Brook
WATERSHED: Margaree River
CLASS:  seasonal horsetail
SIZE: 60'
RATING: excellent (****)

TRAIL: roadside
HIKING TIME: 10 minutes

CONDITIONS: moderate


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NS topo map: 011K07 (Kingross)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: from Baddeck, at the Tim Hortons on the highway, head southwest (towards Port Hawkesbury) along HWY105 (TCH) for 7.6km, turning right onto HWY19 (Cabot Trail) at The Red Barn. Follow HWY19 for 31.8km and turn right onto East Big Intervale Road (just before the Dancing Goat Cafe and Bakery). Drive along this road 4.9km, then keep right at the Crowdis Crossing Rd intersection to remain on E Big Intervale. Continue 11.6km, with the high flank of Sugarloaf Mountain dominating your lefthand side, to Kingross Crossing Road. Turn left, and follow this road 700m to its end, just past a bridge over the Northeast Margaree River. Turn left again, onte West Big Intervale Rd, watching for Kingross Quilts and Fibre Art on your right.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: you can see these falls from the road during the spring freshet or after a heavy rainfall. They originate from a hole in the mountain, and disappear again not far from where they reach the ground. Approach the base from across the field, and watch for the gypsum sinkhole in the field as you go along.

Stop in at the Kingross quilt shop. Ive spoken with the owner, when inquiring about these falls, and he was very informative about other sites, falls and caves, in the area. They have "an ever changing supply of fine quilts, primitive hooked rugs, wearable art and dolls" for sale, and also host retreats, workshops and classes.