Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Ball's Falls

Autumn colours make for magical visits to parks along the Niagara Escarpment and in Twenty Valley you can visit the Ball's Falls Conservation Area which is home to not one, but two waterfalls. The scenery and trails throughout the park follow along the river and lead to the upper and lower falls which also includes a historic industrial village setting.

Coming into the park you see the Ball's Falls Centre for Conservation which includes galleries and bathrooms - open from 9am to 4pm. Special events and programs are put on during the year and includes the annual Thanksgiving Festival.
The hamlet that was built to harness the power of the falling Twenty Mile Creek features the Ball family home, a flour mill, lime kiln, blacksmith ship and other period buildings. Over time the town was abandoned and now it is maintained by the park - ooohh, a ghost town.
Upper Falls
Lower Falls
The upper falls are about 10m high and pretty accessible from the base if you follow a slightly difficult path along a boulder filled river bank. The lower falls plunge over 27m into the gorge wearing through the many layers of sandstone, shale and limestone with the upper falls made of the same materials as found at Niagara Falls. You can really see the colour differences of the rocks along the fractured edge of the lower falls.

Be Kind sign along river

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