Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (Terrain/Navigation).
Setting: River, waterfall.
Great urban nature escape.
Part of 1900ha Wilderness Area.
3km, 1-hour return trip to the falls.
This trail, within city limits, is not only a great place to enjoy the splendor of a waterfall. There are also plenty of other areas to explore in the extensive wilderness area. Home to large stands of old-growth forest, it has long been encroached upon by generations of forestry and other industry. The huge Pockwock Wilderness Area is a watershed centering around Pockwock Lake, also known as the drinking water supply for the city of Halifax.
The hike to Pockwock Falls is a short walk down a nondescript dirt road, followed by a sharp right turn into the woods, as you follow the river upstream for a short distance.The walk down that nondescript dirt road may seem boring, but when you put it in context, it’s actually very interesting. This road, called the Camptown Road used to be part of the Old Annapolis Road, constructed by the British in the 1800s as a route to Annapolis Royal, you’re literally walking in the footsteps of history. The Old Annapolis Road was previously maintained and promoted with interpretive and directional signage by previous owner Bowater Mersey for hiking, cross-country skiing, and forest education. The road can be busy with ATV traffic so keep your head up and move off to the side if you hear them.
The falls themselves are beautiful, not just the water and the river itself, but the entire surroundings are quite majestic. The falls can change drastically according to the season and water levels, so it’s great to visit numerous times to see the changes. The falls are a perfect photo op and are a very popular spot to get some great shots.
Aside from the falls, there is plenty more to explore in this area (all unmarked). The area also protects large stands of old spruce, hemlock, maple, birch and pine trees which reflect what our Acadian forest should look like had we not destroyed most of it.