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Louth Falls

Louth Falls viewed from the gorge below 
( ©2009 David McBride – Photographer - http://www.dmphotographer.ca )
 

Left:Louth Falls (Cyndal Janzen) Right: Louth Falls (Cyndal Janzen)
 

General Information

Located along the 16 Mile Creek in Jordan, Louth Falls are among the most striking in the Niagara Greenbelt. They are 25 meters in height and are formed by the Irondequoit limestone of the Niagara escarpment, nestled in the beautiful surrounding landscape.
 
There are other falls located within the vicinity of Louth Falls such as Rockway Falls and Balls Falls. To get to Louth Falls from the parking lot it is approximately 200-300 meters. Follow the blue markers down the hill and then make a left at the bottom. The markers will be white Listen for the sound of water and you can’t miss it. You know when you have arrived because there will be a commemorative plaque in that area. This may seem far but the walk to the falls is worth it. These falls should be visited in the early spring in order to see them at their best.
 
CAUTION: There are no guard rails protecting you from the waterfall. Be careful when viewing it as the drop is steep and it could cause severe injury or death. Visiting this waterfall requires you to hike over irregular and steep terrain; proper shoes and attire should be worn.
 

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Directions

From Toronto:

Exit the QEW at Jordan Road.

South on Jordan road

Left on (East)Niagara Rd 81 (Old Hwy 8)

Right(South) on to 17th St.

Left (West) on staff avenue ( or 7th st).

Park in Louth Conservation Area parking lot.

 

From Fort Erie / Buffalo:
QEW Toronto,
Exit at Jordan Road toward Country RD-26/ Jordan Station
Left( West) at North Service road, turn
Left(South) onto Jordan Rd, turn
Left(West) onto King St, take the first
Right(East) onto 17Th street, turn
Left (West) onto Staff avenu ( or 7th street),
Park in the Louth Conservation Area parking lot.
 

Historical

 

The Niagara Escarpment was created over 450 million years ago in the bed of a tropical sea. During this time the sediments of the area were compressed into rock which is mainly made of limestone and shale. With the retreating of glaciers in this area, the constanf flow of water has carved the landscape into what we see today. The escarpment is a UNESCO world biosphere reserve.

Ecological

There are many different tree species located in this area which makes it a good place for hiking and bird watching. This area boasts many different types of biodiversity. The trees in this area are unique, inthat they can survive in harsh conditions like cold Canadian winters, and are capable of growing in tiny cracks inside the rocks.

There are more than 350 species of birds living in this area as well as 53 species of mammals, 90 species of fish, and 36 species of reptiles and amphibians. However 109 of these species are either threatened or endangered


Recreational Uses

The area around Louth Falls is used primarily for hiking. Other activities such as bird watching can be done here as well. Be careful of uneven surfaces and watch for rocks, fallen trees and steep cliffs.

Adjacent Land Uses

Vinyards, farmlands and hiking trails


Further Information

Great Lakes Waterfalls and Beyond

Harris, M.  Waterfalls of Ontario inventory

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - Louth Falls

The Bruce Trail Conservancy

Address

Staff Road
Jordan, Ontario
Municipality Louth

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.164741
Longitude -79.301484

Walking time 

10 min to the falls

Surface features 

steep cliffs and gorges,packed earth trails and mudd trails

Trail linkages 

The Bruce Trail

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