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This is a small rapids on the North Muskoka River. The land on either side of the falls is privately owned, and so you can't get too close by land. However, you can view the falls from downstream, by following the trails in the Bracebridge Resource Management Centre.

The Centre is comprised of a great forest, full of wide, family-friendly trails. A few of the trails have some steep sections, but nothing that would be too hard for most visitors. The centre is very easily accessed from the northbound side of Hwy 11, just north of High Falls Rd.

From the parking lot, find the trail system and turn left whenever you can. You will eventually reach near the river's edge; if you choose the right trail, you can make the trip in just over 1 km. From here you can look across a small bay and see the chute, about 200 m away.

The view is just OK, and I will admit that the hike through the woods will be more rewarding than the falls. This is OK; in this hobby, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as it is the destination.

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Some Key Facts
Region Cottage
County Muskoka
Near Springdale Park
Watercourse Muskoka River (North Branch)
Watershed / % Lakes 3 / 13%
Ownership Town of Bracebridge
Landscape Rural, forested
Size Small
Type Low Cascade
Modification Natural, homes
Access Moderate
Top / Bottom Easy to view / Easy to view
Trail conditions Dirt, gravel, steep hill
Hiking Time 15 min
Coordinates 45.1192,-79.3032
Site ID WOO.MUS.014
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.