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This is a really small plunge waterfall that can be reached from Mystery Falls. The hike to Mystery Falls can be extended into a loop. That loop continues downstream from the falls and after reaching the Ausable River, follows the river back south. It eventually turns left, away from the river, and follows the closed right-of-way for Elm Tree Drive. This returns to the parking area.

The tiny waterfall is found high on valley wall, easily visible from the loop trail, but difficult to get close to. The coordinates included here are approximate only. This is about 3/4 of the way around the loop trail, when working in a counter-clockwise direction.

To be sure, do not expect much of anything here! I reached the falls during a reasonably wet period in April and it was still almost dry. It may be worth visiting this site immediately after a heavy spring rain.

What is interesting about this waterfall is that it is actually one of at least a dozen in the Ausable River valley. Several are larger than this one. In a way, this area is analagous to the cluster of small waterfalls that we see in the Short Hills Provincial Park. The falls here, however, are mostly much smaller and even more seasonal.

Visitors that hike from Mystery Falls should be aware that they will have to cross the creek to continue on the loop path. I wore rubber boots and could do it. Anyone in hiking shoes may get wet if water levels are higher. NOTE: This waterfall is coded yellow because of some steep hills and wet sections.

Some Key Facts
Region Lake Huron
County Middlesex
Near Arkona
Watercourse Ausable River (tributary)
Watershed / % Lakes 0 / 0%
Ownership Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority
Landscape Rural, forested
Size Very Small
Type Plunge
Modification Natural
Access Challenging
Top / Bottom Moderate / Moderate
Trail conditions Dirt, steep hills, wet spot
Hiking Time 30 min
Coordinates 43.106,-81.8168
Site ID WOO.MID.004
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.