About Felker’s Falls
Felkers Falls (or Felker’s Falls) was seemingly one of the more obscure waterfalls in the Hamilton area even though it was situated in a neighborhood of suburban developments.
It was literally as if we parked the car at a city park right across the street from several homes.
Then, we walked for just a few minutes towards the gorge, which yielded views of this attractive two-tiered 20m falls.
However, the best view of the Felkers Falls (pictured above) required a bit of a longer walk towards an exposed cliff.
We really had to be real careful not to get too close to the dropoff, especially with our daughter sharing the experience with us.
The flow of East Red Hill Creek was on the lighter side during our visit.
However, the waterfall itself was still attractive and had some life left despite it being late in the season during (as we showed up in October 2013).
We weren’t sure if the recent rains revived Felkers Falls or if it merely clung onto the remains of its cumulative precipitation from earlier in the year.
But whatever the case, I’d imagine the falls could slow to a trickle given a prolonged dry period as the watershed didn’t seem to be very substantial.
Experiencing Felkers Falls
From the car park (see directions below), we followed a walkway labeled the Peter Street Trail before leaving the paved trail towards the trees and the escarpment edge.
The view from this area was mostly obscured by foliage so it left us wanting to find a more satisfactory way to see the waterfall.
We noticed that there seemed to be a network of trails that kept going beyond this immediate area though we couldn’t say a whole lot more about them since we really focused only on this waterfall.
So we then followed along the paved Peter Street Trail, which went alongside the East Red Hill Creek for a few minutes before the trail then crossed a bridge traversing that creek.
On the other side of the bridge, the pavement went away and we continued following a white blazed dirt trail to the left that was much narrower with a bit more foliage growing and protruding towards the trail.
The path eventually curved to the right (just as the escarpment itself was curving) until we reached a small opening where we finally had our opportunity to look down towards the Felkers Falls.
The view induced that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling, which prompted our daughter to shout “Dangerous!” while we were here.
She’d even say that whenever we showed her photos of this waterfall after our visit.
Overall, our visit took 45 minutes, but a large chunk of that time was spent simply taking our time as the walk itself was easily less than 5 minutes.
However, we bumped up the difficulty score solely based on the dropoff exposure in order to get that satisfactory view.
Felkers Falls resides in the City of Hamilton in the province of Ontario, Canada. It is administered by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.
We drove to Felkers Falls by heading east on the Lincoln M Alexander Parkway through Hamilton, then taking this freeway to its end where it becomes Mud St.
Then, we followed Mud St towards its intersection with Paramount Dr.
Turning left at this light, we then dove 500m before turning right onto Ackland St.
From there, we drove another 300m on Ackland St (a residential area) towards the car park for the Felker’s Falls Conservation Area on the right.
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