Smokey Hollow Falls, also known as Grindstone, Waterdown, and Great Falls, used to be home to a local sawmill. Free parking can be found right off Mill Street but make sure to get there early as the spaces fill up super quickly. Once you reach the park you will see a large platform that gives you a perfect view of the 10m high Smokey Hollow Falls (which become completely frozen in the winter.)
This area is surrounded by a large section of the Bruce Trail and is definitely more of a moderate trail (with completely frozen pathways in the winter). Take the Great Falls Loop for 3.5km (with an option of a 1.1km side trail), which will lead you along the creek. You should definitely expect a bit of a workout with this trail as it takes you from the lower falls to the top of the escarpment. If you are looking for something longer, hike the Waterdown Trail to Smokey Hollow for a 10.3km walk which takes anywhere from two and a half to three (ish) hours depending on how fast you are. Some areas can get muddy and slippery depending on the weather.
The park is dog-friendly and used for hiking, nature trips, as well as bird watching. It’s the perfect spot for leaf-peeping in the fall, as you walk past streams and through the forest and see all the leaves changing colours.
Location: Waterdown, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Cost: Free (Limited Parking – approx. 20 car lot)
Time of Year: All Seasons
Trail Difficulty: Medium
Washroom Facilities: No
Contact: (905) 525-2181
- Any chocolate lovers should stop by Beanermunky Chocolate Waterdown for artisinal chocolates
- Pick up baked goods or local meats and cheese for a picnic from Harrington Lane Farms
- Grab lunch or a snack at Copper Kettle Cafe (known for their apple fritters) or Bliss Kitchen for vegan options