Ball’s Falls Conservation Area

Sometimes gray days all roll into one. Luckily we live in the Niagara Region with so many spectacular spots to enjoy the spectrum of Fall colours.

Beautiful Fall colours at Ball's Falls
Beautiful Fall colours at Ball’s Falls

Set amongst the beautiful Twenty Valley, Ball’s Falls is only a 20 minute drive from St Catharines.Β It is also in an ideal location to stop at a local winery afterwards for lunch or a wine tasting.

The hikes to the upper and lower falls are easy 20 minute strolls from the Ball’s Falls Conservation Centre, where there is parking, information and facilities.

The path to the upper falls at Ball's Falls
The path to the upper falls at Ball’s Falls

The paths are wide and mostly flat. If you have young children, you can even take a hardy stroller on the hike.

The day we visited was the type of gray Fall day that I could have easily been wasted catching up on paper work or watching reruns on the couch.

The upper falls at Ball's Falls
The upper falls at Ball’s Falls

However, getting outside and hiking definitely made our weekend. After 24 hours of rain the waterfalls were full and rushing. The Fall colours were magnificent in red, orange, yellow and pale green.

Ruins of the old mill at Ball's Falls
Ruins of the old mill at Ball’s Falls

Hidden amongst the leaves, an ancient stone arch peeks out along the river; ruins of an old mill.

On the walk back to the lower Falls, we passed through an early mid 19th century historic village, which has been lovingly maintained and features the original Ball family home, an operating flour mill, a lime kiln, a church, black smith shop, carriage shed and more.

The working flour mill at Ball's Falls
The working flour mill at Ball’s Falls

Ball’s Falls is one spot I highly recommend for getting outside and enjoying the best of the Fall colours in the Niagara Region.


LocationΒ 3292 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln, ON L0R 1S0

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