Yesterday afternoon I found myself in Edmundston with a few hours to spare. Like always I went hunting for trails. I knew about the walking trail and bridge downtown, the botanical garden, and the Petit-Témis Interprovincial Trail, but I couldn’t find information on other trails in the area. With all the hills in the area I knew there had to be more. I started by looking in the Waterfalls of New Brunswick Guidebook and decided to go check out Falls Brook Falls.
I took a wrong turn on the way to the falls. After maneuvering the car through a very soft, wet road I came to a dead-end at a camp. A woman at the camp redirected me back to the main road and I was once again on my way to the falls. The main dirt road on the way to the falls was in surprisingly good shape for this time of year so I had no problem getting there with the car.
The road had km markers counting off the distance from where the pavement ended. Just across from the 6 km marker on the right there was an old section of road that looked like it previously went across a bridge that was no longer there. This made a perfect parking spot. The trail head was almost directly across the road.
After trying to sign the guest book but not being able to find a pen I left a few business cards and started on the trail. The trail followed Falls Brook Stream. There were interesting signs where the words were spelled with the heads of nails along the trail. At first they didn’t make sense because it looked as though they were telling me 1.2 dist. and 1.4 dist only after a short time on the trail. Once I reached the third sign that read 3.4 distance I figured out that they were telling me when I was at one quarter, one half and 3 quarters the distance to the falls.
Once past the half way mark it was no problem to hear the falls. The stream was overflowing its banks so I knew there would be lots of water flowing over the falls. When I reached the falls I tried to set up to take pictures but there was so much water coming over the falls that it sort of bounced and turned into spray. The spray seemed to be forced downstream so it was very wet any place below the falls. I found a place right next to the falls that wasn’t as wet and took some closeups of the falls and some pictures downstream. I took a few more pictures, then I had to be on my way.
My next plan was to find Le Prospecteur Hiking Trails.
I will soon be adding pages to the Hiking NB site for the trails around Edmundston. A link to the Falls Brook Falls trail page will be added to this blog post then.
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