is a marvelous near-urban wilderness that puts the majestic woodlands of Twenty River Valley within easy reach. Where else can you encounter immense trees, endangered plants and animals, two cascading waterfalls, an historic hamlet, and a contemporary “super green” building in one afternoon’s walk. At the modern visitor`s centre, take some time to look at the displays that describe why this building uses a small fraction of the energy, water, and materials that a typical building would. Displays also describe some of the rare plants and animals found here, including Sassafras, Pignut Hickory, and Eastern Bluebird.
Then venture out onto the trails, beginning with the Switchback Trail (750 m), so-called because of the stairways that lead down the very steep valley sides to river-level. The Switchback intersects the Cataract Trail at two points. Head upstream to the Upper Falls, an 11-metre curtain waterfall (because its width is greater than its height). Head downstream to 27 metre Lower Falls. Note that both cascades can be quite low in flow in mid-summer. If it’s a torrent you want, visit in spring or fall high water seasons. The Lower Falls Trail also leads to the restored remains of a 19th Century village with about a dozen buildings, where there are many interpretive events and displays. This is also where the park trails meet up with the legendary Bruce Trail for longer distance rambles.