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There are several small falls in this little passive park. The largest is right under the one-lane road bridge for Ritchie Falls Rd. Bridges often spoil the view of the falls, but in this case it can help to make the site look quaint.

Two more falls are a short walk downstream. When I last visited years ago, there were picnic tables nearby, making this a great person-size destination for a young family outing.

Hiking downstream from the road is pretty easy, and leads right to the river bed along some bare rock outrcops. Before leaving, check out the very small rapids upstream from the bridge. If you cross the bridge and walk a little further you will meet the Haliburton Rail Trail, which continues for many kilometres in either direction.

There are two places to park. One is in a wider section of the road, just before the bridge when approaching from the east. Another spot is located just over the bridge. Land on the west side of the river is Crown Land. But the land on the east side (where there are no trails, and poorer views) is privately owned. Please don't trespass.

Some Key Facts
Region Cottage
County Haliburton
Near Lochlin
Watercourse Burnt River
Watershed / % Lakes 2 / 16%
Ownership Crown L
Landscape Rural
Size Small
Type Cascade
Modification Road bridge
Access Easy
Top / Bottom Moderate / Moderate
Trail conditions Bare rock, uneven ground
Hiking Time 5 min
Coordinates 44.9278,-78.5952
Site ID WOO.HAL.027
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.