Explore the trails in Hilton Falls and you’ll come across stunning water features like the falls, the rivers, and the reservoir. You’ll also find history here when you see the old Mill Ruins. Hilton Falls is an outdoors experience conveniently located near the 401. Breathe in fresh air, and work-out here whether it’s hiking the trails, mountain biking, or trail running. You’ll feel recharged after a walk in the forest.
Spring/Summer at Hilton Falls
Hilton Falls is an outdoor athlete’s heaven. Rushing rivers and budding greenery are a photographer’s delight. Did you know mountain biking at Conservation Halton began here? There are three bike-only trails that are a mix of novice level, and technically challenging rock-gardens. Mountain Biking purists will love riding on any one of the trails like the Wandering Lynx Backcountry or the Bent Rim. Riders will love how they are deeply immersed in quiet forests. Hikers, horseback riders, and families: there are still tranquil trails and water features like the Hilton Falls, or the reservoir to experience quiet nature, and of course, to snap the perfect picture for your Instagram.
If you like to explore, rumour has it geocaches are hidden around Hilton Falls. Once you’ve found a hidden treasure, look out for birds like the Hooded Warbler, and rare flowers like the Michigan Lilies. Bring marshmallows and roast s’mores with the family near the falls itself. You’ll learn a little history about the escarpment and previous inhabitants: the Mill Ruins are still there to this day! As the sun sets, hike to the reservoir and fish in the water. Send us a picture of your catch, and then throw it back.
Fall at Hilton Falls
The spectacular fall colours will make your heart sing when you visit Hilton Falls this autumn. The Fall Into Nature festival unites all seven Halton Parks. Visit Hilton Falls during the Fall Into Nature Festival and take your family on a horse-drawn wagon ride and view the array of sugar maple, birch trees, elms, ash, and oak!
Do you love a thrill and an athletic challenge? Get on your mountain bike and go for a spin on any of the six trails. The Bent Rim trail is a rock garden if you want a technical challenge on two wheels, or if you’re after a nice quiet ride with the family, follow the Red Oak trail around the reservoir.
Do you prefer to move on two feet instead of two wheels? Follow the Beaver Dam trail deep into the woods for a quiet walk in the midst of the season’s magnificence. The trails at Hilton Falls are great for trail runners of all paces with an array of water features like a waterfall and the reservoir to stop and take a break. We hope you brought your camera for colourful pictures of the trails in autumn, and of the birds readying for their flight down south.
Winter at Hilton Falls
Believe it or not, Hilton Falls is as beautiful in Winter as it is in the growing seasons. The rivers, waterfall, and the reservoir freeze over and sparkle in the clear winter sun. Bring your camera to catch the play of the sunlight on the icicles and snow.
The trails this time of year are perfect for winter hiking: bring bird seed to feed the chickadees at the falls. Chickadees are specially adapted for winter weather and they’re very friendly! If you’d like more of a workout, a few of the trails are groomed for cross country skiing. You can rent the skis at the Visitor Centre.
Bonfire at the Falls
Pack your marshmallows and hot dogs, those who venture on the Hilton Falls trails will not only meet the Hilton Falls themselves, but also a raging bonfire put on by Conservation Halton staff. Enjoy your break at the bonfire before you continue on your nature hike.
Chick-a-dee-dee-dee is what you’ll hear in Hilton Falls Conservation Area in the winter. Chickadees adapt to the cold weather by switching their diets from insects in the summers to berries and seeds in the winter. Hold bird seed in your hand and watch in amazement when a feathery friend comes to your hand for a snack!
There is more to Hilton Falls than the falls themselves and adorable chickadees. Venture out onto the trails for the day and see the reservoir: the best kept secret of this conservation area. It’s a peaceful place for a picnic, a nature walk, or a trail run. Photographers don’t forget your cameras: you’ll catch a perfect picture here.
The Mill Ruins
On the brow of the falls, you’ll see stone structures. It’s all that remains of three 19th century saw mills. Even though there is little left of the original saw mills, the mills supplied lumber to the Nassagaweya Township.
The substantial ruins that exist today suggest a well-built mill building and dam were constructed, and records indicate an immense 40 foot diameter water wheel powered the operation. Two of the mills succumbed to fire, and the area was finally abandoned in 1967.
This beautiful natural water feature is a stunning reward at the end of a hike. Follow the Hilton Falls trail in all seasons to see the waterfalls. Shutterbugs, bring your cameras and iphones! A picture of the falls will look beautiful on your Instagram account.