You’ll begin by hiking to Hilton Falls, a classical waterfall with stone ruins of a 19th century sawmill. The 33 kilometres of trails in Hilton Falls Conservation Area will take you through widespread, wondrous forests that are ideal for wildlife viewing and birding. After exploring the area’s old logging roads and beaver meadows, Kelso Conservation Area is only a short hike away. Here you can rent a boat, fish, visit the historic lime kilns, or continue to follow the trails through nature’s playground.

Follow an unforgettable day with yet another nature adventure, taking in the beauty of Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Visit the Iroquoian Village and participate in cultural and learning adventures focused on First Nations history, or take a walk on the boardwalk around a meromictic lake that is home to paddling turtles. This conservation area is linked by a hiking trail to your next destination, Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area. Boasting numerous photo-worthy Escarpment lookouts, Rattlesnake has a not-to-be-missed panorama at Buffalo Crag Lookout Point. Your day can end with an avid hike along the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail or visits to local farmers’ markets, breweries, a fruit winery, and even a lavender farm.


Itinerary Highlights

  • Suggested Itinerary: 2 days, 1 night
  • Trails Included: Red Oak Trail, Beaver Dam Trail, Bruce Trail, Nassagaweya Canyon Trail
  • Trail Types: groomed trails, packed earth, pavement
  • Waterfalls Included: Hilton Falls
  • Points of Interest: Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail, Hilton Falls Conservation Area, Kelso Conservation Area, Crawford Lake Conservation Area, Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

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Niagara Escarpment Waterfall Trip Series

Courtesy of its location along the Niagara Escarpment, a landmark ridge that runs through Southern Ontario, Hamilton and its environs are home to over 100 waterfalls. Hikers have endless options for single and multi-day hikes that put these stunners front and centre. If you’d like to explore more of these natural works of art, we’ve got a series of Niagara Escarpment waterfall trip itineraries to guide you in your discovery:

For more trip ideas featuring the waterfalls of Hamilton Halton Brant click here, and visit Tourism Hamilton’s Waterfall Guides on their website.

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