fiddleheads and water falls

Mayflowers, fiddleheads and waterfalls – all signs of spring.  And spring is a great time to see waterfalls in Nova Scotia so last weekend we planned a waterfall excursion to Nictaux Falls.  We had last seen these falls over a decade ago.  This time we were disappointed, not because of low water or less than spectacular falls (truthfully as earlier posts here show, any falls at all are a  thrill) – but because we couldn’t actually see most of the falls.  The Nictaux River waterfalls are ‘harnessed’ by Nova Scotia Power.  The area is completely fenced and posted – so no viewing of the falls on the north side of the road for us.  {Of course memory is a funny thing and we may have remembered more falls than were ever actually there…}

Nearby (along highway 10) there is an entry into the old rail system.  After the waterfall visit we had a grand hike along the trail and through the woods up the Nictaux ravine; at least I would describe this narrow little valley as a ravine.  The first Mayflowers of the season were just coming into bloom – lovely to see.  Also just coming up on the very wet slope below the trail were fern fronds, furled and covered in white down.  I’m tempted to call these little furled ferns fiddleheads, but am unsure whether all ferns or only the edible ferns are usually called fiddleheads.

The waterfalls are located off highway 10 just north of Middleton along the Nictaux Falls Rd.  The entrance to the old rail bed is located directly off highway 10. Both locations are found on my map.  The trail is well developed as a multi-use trail and may not appeal to a serious hiker.  However, we encountered no other users and had great side trips to the river and exploring along the way.   As an added bonus, black flies had not yet made their seasonal appearance.


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