Another great hike into a seldom visited gorge near Londonderry, NS. There are about 6-7 main waterfalls to see on this hike and numerous smaller waterfalls and rapids to see as well. There are no marked trails on this hike and you’ll need to bushwack your way to see these hidden gems.
Walking down the main logging road, I turned to my left (at 45.507243°, -63.610239°) and into a clearing that had been logged a few years ago. Luckily, there is still some large sections in the logged area that are covered by tall grasses and only a few evergreen trees evenly spaced apart. This section is quite easy to walk through considering it’s been logged recently. After only a few minutes, you should enter the mature leafy forest located to the xx of the logged area. Immediately in front of you is the ravine that has been carved by au unnamed brook. I chose to call it Benoit Brook to help out in the narrative and on my picture posts in Google Earth.
Following Benoit’s brook down you will see 4 good size waterfalls within about 100m from each other. The first is a twin waterfall where a large rocky outcrop separates the brook into two cascades. Immediately downstream is a true fall with a drop of about 25ft or so. The third fall and fourth falls are pretty spectacular as well. The terrain around the falls is extremely steep so watch your footing. Below the fourth fall is the main river that you will follow downstream; Rockland Brook.
Following Rockland Brook downstream, you will need to either go back up the ravine slope or sometimes skip across the river to make your way around large rocky outcrop that jut out into Rockland Brook. After seeing a few rapids or 3-4ft high falls, you will finally enter the upper gorge of Rockland Brook (I’ve put in another post on waterfalls located lower on Rockland Brook). This gorge starts with the highest of three waterfalls. This first fall (most upstream) falls approximately 20ft into a large and deep pool. I made my way into the gorge by dropping on the right side of the river and fall (looking upstream). The other side of the fall is composed by a high rock cliff and it would be hard to take a good picture of the fall by going that way.
Just downstream of the main waterfall was a small stream that had a small waterfall flowing into the gorge on the eastern wall. I made my way over this small stream and then jumped across Rockland brook. Now on the western side of the brook, I climbed back up into the forest to be able to go around the second fall. The second fall is about 1oft tall and it’s really hard to get right to the front of it. Once you’ve seen this second fall, carefully make your way down to the water’s edge and boulder yourself to the large rocks sitting downstream of the second fall. The third fall are spilt into two or three different stream that drop about 5-6ft. There is also a large hole created in the rock cliff just below the fall on the western side of the brook.
I decided to go back to my car by going up the ravine at the third fall location. The ascent is steep but easy in the sense that the trees are widely distributed apart. However once you make it to the top of the gorge, the area has been logged lately. The trees have grown very very close to each other and it makes travelling extremely slow. You eventually make it out to a logging road and you follow it back to your car.
In Londonderry, turn on Westchester Rd. and then turn right on a smaller dirt road at 45.487246°, -63.611724°. follow this unnamed rd to a turn off at ; 45.509254°, -63.617539°. I parked my car at a Y intersection located 45.508168°, -63.611606° and walked to the south from there.
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Posted By: Benlalonde
- Sat Nov 01 22:42:26 UTC 2014
CommentGlad you enjoyed it, the other falls are well worth the effort too! NS is full of these special places if you are willing to work for it
Posted By: mademiriam
- Sun Oct 26 21:31:22 UTC 2014
Commentgreat hike, we only did the first half down to where unamed/Benoits brook meets the river. We did this on Oct. 25th 2014, after a few heavy rain days. The first section through the evergreen trees was extremely soggy and wet. Making ones way down the ravine works well especially if you cross the brook a few times. The last series of waterfalls is well worth the hike. We will be back for the rest of the falls we didn't have time to visit today.