It was a cool, but sunny November day when we started our Spencer Gorge waterfalls hike. Our group of eight were looking forward to what we were told were two very scenic areas.
Starting from the much forested Greensville Optimist Community Park we quickly headed across Spencer Creek along Fallsview Road with its quaint homes to Webster Falls.
At the park entrance we paid our $5 fee and headed over to the railing for a view of the falls. Classed as a classical waterfall, this is where the waters of Spencer Creek drop 30 meters (79 feet). A few foot bridges provide the opportunity to view above the falls from both sides and there are lookout points providing excellent for a clear. Today we had the bonus of a rainbow below the falls.
We continued to follow the marked trail which followed the rim above a deep gorge which headed towards our next destination. We were disappointed the trail is quite short and blocked off and we would have to continue our journey along some local roads.
Leaving the park it was a short walk again along Fallsview Road and a right on Short Road, as its name implies not very long. Turning right we continued along Harvest Road to Tews Falls.
You only have to pay the entrance fee at one park so we were pointed towards the park trail. Not that we needed help as this was where the crowds were with many families out for the day including numerous dogs (on lease).
First up was the viewing platform to see where Logie’s Creek falls 41 meters (134.5 feet) over the Niagara escarpment. Apparently it is just a few metres less than Niagara Falls. Heading up a set of stairs we soon reached a second viewing platform for an even better look at Tew Falls.
We continued along the well-worn Dundas Lookout Side Trail (blue blazes) with a bit of climbing and superb views of the valley every so often until reaching Dundas Lookout. Leaving the lookout we continued along the Tew Falls trail a very short distance and the longer Glen Ferguson Side Trail to complete the loop and return to the park entrance.
We returned to Greensville Park but we were not finished yet and we continued following the trail along Spencer Creek to the parking lot at Crook’s Hollow. You can continue all the way to Christie Conservation Area which has its own trail network around the lake.
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Directions to trailhead:
QEW west from Toronto; north on Hwy 6; west on Hwy 5: south on Brock Road to Greensville: parking lot is on your left. Many Conservation areas now charge a parking fee and there is a machine accepting coins or your credit card for $10. Park entrance of $5 is extra (children under 5 are free).
Best time to take the Spencer Gorge Waterfalls Hike is in the autumn to see the fall foliage.