In a quest to enjoy the stunning autumn colours as much as I can, I dragged Robin on another hike as we explored the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. The area is fairly small but there are lots of things to explore – including two waterfalls.
You’ll stumble upon the remnants of an old woollen mill from the 1800s. George Ball’s 5 storey woollen mill is said to have housed 8 looms which produced woollen products for local markets in the area.
As we’ve found with many of the waterfalls in the area, there hasn’t been much of a stream due to a very hot and dry summer. It seems like Ball’s Falls has ‘lost its mojo’, but I’m okay with this. Why?
First: it’ll be a fierce waterfall again come spring once the winter snow melts.
Second: I can run around EVERY aspect of the waterfall!
Below is the view from the lookout point. See the rock? Normally it’s covered in water! With the hot summer we had, the water levels are low for Twenty Mile Creek. This doesn’t always happen, so take the opportunity to explore where you might not be able to next year! Of course be careful of where you step and stay away from the edge.
Ball’s Falls might now have much mojo right now, but that also means you can access the river bed. Take the opportunity to hike upstream and get a closer look at the upper falls. I must say though, I’ll have to revisit in the spring – I’m curious to know what it looks like with a heavy current!
There’s also a lot to learn at Ball’s Falls. I love the shot below that I took from the bridge leading towards the heritage section of Ball’s Falls. Here where you can learn more about the history of the woollen industry! This trip however was all about enjoying nature, so you’ll have to visit yourself to find out more.
Just like the upper falls, there wasn’t much water. The lower falls aren’t accessible by foot, but you can get a great view of it from the lookout area.
Have you ever visited Ball’s Falls? I’d love to return in the winter or spring to see what the area looks like – I bet it’s a beautiful sight to see the water roaring over the crest!