Chasing Waterfalls in Grey County

Forget about travelling halfway across the globe to find magical places. Right here in our backyard of Ontario lies an amazing place where waterfalls are around every corner. Ontario is home to hundreds of waterfalls. Hamilton, Ontario even holds the title of Waterfall Capital of the World, with over 100 waterfalls just in its region alone. Another fabulous place to go chasing waterfalls is Grey County. Located in Southwestern Ontario, at the base of the Bruce Peninsula, Grey County is a must visit. Not only for its awesome waterfalls but also its charming small towns and scenic drives. Here are the wonderful waterfalls in Grey County.

Walter's Falls

Walter’s Falls

In the small town with the same name, Walter’s Falls may be small but it makes up for it in beauty and power. Situated beside The Falls Inn, that offers views of the falls, Walter’s Falls is a double plunge falls that drops 45 feet into Walter’s Creek. There’s a metal bridge over the top for viewing or you can take the trail leading from the parking lot. The trail leads you through the forest and down a very steep hill. Hiking shoes are a must. You might want to even grab a stick to aid you on the way down and up. At the bottom of the hill the trail to the right is rugged and will take you to the base of the falls, which is amazing.

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Eugenia Falls

Eugenia Falls

Set within Eugenia Falls Conservation Area, just outside Flesherton, you’ll find Eugenia Falls. Eugenia Falls is the highest waterfall in Grey County. This waterfall is nearly 100 feet and feeds into the Beaver River. You can also access the next waterfall, Hogg’s Falls, via the main trail.

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Hogg's Falls

Hogg’s Falls

It may be one of the smallest waterfalls on this list but it’s one of my favourite waterfalls in Grey County. You can hear it as you approach along the trail. Take the trail to the right, from the parking lot. The thunder of the falls is quite astounding. You can even repel down, a short distance, to the base of the falls. There’s a rope already set up for you and at the base you are rewarded with the immensely picturesque scene of the falls, the escarpment and river.

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Holstein Dam

Holstein Dam

It may be a manufactured waterfall but Holstein Dam can be a great sight – especially after the spring thaw. During my visit, near summers end, it wasn’t as intense as usual due to the incredibly dry summer. Located the furthest south, in the charming town of Holstein, Holstein Dam feeds Norman Reeves Creek.

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McGowan Falls

McGowan Falls

Located in Durham Conservation Area, McGowan Falls is a cascade falls along the Saugeen River. There are grottos below the falls and even swimming available upstream. The metal bridge crossing the falls says ‘use at own risk’, but it offers cool views down river.

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Inglis Falls

Inglis Falls

Noted by many as one of Ontario’s most beautiful waterfalls, Inglis Falls is a must see. Found within Inglis Falls Conservation Area, a 200 hectare park, Inglis Falls is a 59 feet cascade falls from the Sydenham River. On a clear day, from the top of the falls, you can see all the way to Owen Sound and its harbour. Consider staying to explore the Conservation Area as its home to over seven kilometres of trails, geological potholes and an old grist mill. You can also take the Bruce Trail into Owen Sound’s Harrison Park and the next waterfall, Weaver’s Creek Falls.

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Weaver's Creek Falls

Weaver’s Creek Falls

One of Owen Sound’s must visit places is the smashing Harrison Park. The park is home to Weaver’s Creek Falls. It may not be large or spectacular but its lovely. At the south end of the park, by the outdoor pool, head into the forested trail. A 300 metre boardwalk takes you through an enchanted forest, along the creek and to Weaver’s Creek Falls. The falls is a mix of plunge and cascade.

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Jones Falls

Jones Falls

Just outside Owen Sound’s downtown is Pottawatomi Conservation Area. Here is another pleasant trail along the Pottawatomi River. The trail takes you to both sides of Jones Falls. The best view is from the south side, across the bridge. Jones Falls is a 39 feet cascade falls. One thing to be aware of is that there is a lot of poison ivy found along the trail.

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Indian Falls

Indian Falls

Just north of Owen Sound, along scenic Grey County Road 1, is Indian Falls Conservation Area. Named after the Indian tribe that once lived in the area, Indian Falls is about a 20 minute hike from the parking lot. Follow the yellow arrows along the trail. The trail takes you along Indian Creek and to a flight of stairs that begin a steep incline up to the top of the hill. Indian Falls is a horseshoe shaped plunge falls with a drop of 49 feet.

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Webwood Falls

Webwood Falls

Webwood Falls is one of the waterfalls in Grey County that is probably the least visited. The falls is not on Google Maps so you’ll have to find the coordinates on Grey County’s website here. Along the backroads you’ll find Webwood Falls Nature Reserve, literally in the middle of nowhere. Park at the abandoned barn, now a haven for barn swallows, and follow the trail beside it. The trail takes you passed the falls, with not much of a great view with the thick forest. But there is a better view if you follow the road past the guardrail to a viewing platform on the north side of the falls. Webwood Falls is a cascade falls dropping into a picturesque ravine.

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Again and again I’m amazed as I explore more of my backyard. Ontario is home to so much beauty and wonders that I need not travel far to experience all that this world has to offer. I highly recommend you take the tour of waterfalls in Grey County.

Have you experienced any of these waterfalls in Grey County?

Waterfalls in Grey County

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Stephanie

I’m a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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2 Responses

  1. Stpehanie says:

    I find waterfalls irresistible! I love to visit as many as I can when traveling. I haven’t spent much time in Canada, but I would love to in the future.

    • Stephanie says:

      I agree, waterfalls are amazing! I was totally surprised by just how many waterfalls Ontario alone has! Hope you visit Canada too soon!

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