Will we ever tire of chasing waterfalls? Doubt it. And if you love Ontario waterfall hikes as much as we do, then this 5.1-km trail has everything you’re looking for. Located in the Hamilton, Ont. area, this waterfall trail is just a quick day trip away from the 6ix.
Smokey Hollow Falls, sometimes referred to as Great Falls, is just one of many gorgeous rushing rapids you can discover along the famous Bruce Trail.
But it’s the journey to the water that sets this gem apart from the rest, in our opinion.
With winding staircases built right into the hillside and sections of charming boardwalks, getting to Smokey Hollow is half of the fun.
Once you arrive, you’ll find a large viewing platform that offers a clear, top-down view of the cascading water below.
This is an ideal vantage point if you want to avoid the slippery rocks at the base of the falls.
So be sure to add this little oasis to your future travel bucket list ASAP.
The parking lot where you will start your adventure can be found at the Smokey Hollow Resource Management Area on Mill Street.
If you need help navigating the trails, this map highlights the paths perfectly.
Though, it’s worth noting the waterfall is labelled as “Great Falls” on the map. It is pretty great, to be fair.
As you continue on the Smokey Hollow trails you’ll also discover places like the Upper Quarry Falls, Snake and Lower Snake Falls, plenty of Niagara Escarpment cliffs, Grindstone Cascade, and Grindstone Creek.
The creek, which is a peaceful spot to poke a toe in the water, acted as the source of power for local mills for over 100 years.
However, the last of the mills have long since been destroyed by fire.
So, if you're desperate for a true explorer's adventure, add this to your must-do list right now!
Smokey Hollow Falls
Address: 80 Mill St. S., Jerseyville, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can discover a hidden waterfall on a beautiful section of The Bruce Trail.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.