It seems like every time I google ‘waterfalls near Niagara’ I find even more than I could ever imagine! We are very spoiled with the Escarpment and the Bruce Trail, which is only reinforced with every new hike I do.
If you want to explore this hidden gem, head towards Lincoln on the QEW. Navigate to the Rockway Community Centre as you can park to the right of here. You’ll see the entrance to the Rockway Side Trail at the end of the parking lot. Following the side trail leads to the Bruce Trail. Don’t do what Robin and I did which is scale down the edge of the Escarpment ourselves because we got sidetracked while following chipmunks.
Follow the Bruce Trail down the Escarpment until you see a bridge. If you’d like to continue along the Bruce, you’ll want to cross the bridge. However, I suggest you resist this urge and keep going past along the rocks. It’s here that you’ll find the base of Rockway Falls!
These smaller falls were created over time through water erosion. Depending on the water levels, it’s possible to cross them but be extremely careful. While fun to explore, the moss make the rocks very slippery!
Keep climbing upwards (carefully!) and you’ll come across the main falls formed by glacial erosion. At 18.3m in height, it’s definitely worth a visit to these beautiful ramp formation waterfalls! You can even access the top of the Escarpment, just like Robin did!
While the falls are beautiful to see surrounding my autumn foliage, I highly suggest coming after the winter thaw. These photos don’t depict how powerful the current can be!
The majority of the trail is easy to traverse, with some hills and the terrain you’d expect from a dirt trail. However, the distance from the parking lot to the falls is only about 1km. So if you’re looking for a good hike, I’d suggest crossing the bridge to follow more of the Bruce Trail!