Rockway Conservation Area Trail
Access to the Bruce Trail below the escarpment. There are many informal trails throughout the area, but hikers be aware as some of these trials lead to dead ends! The Rockway Conservation Area is located along the 15 Mile Creek near the City of St. Catharines. This 126 hectare (312 acre) site protects a portion of the Niagara Escarpment, the Rockway Falls, and the diverse flora and fauna of the Carolinian Forest. The Bruce Trail traverses the southern section of this area and is considered an ideal spot for hiking. Two main waterfalls exist along this portion of the 15 mile creek.
The larger of the two plunges from a height of 19.5 (63 ft) metres while the smaller from a height of 12.2 metres. The watercourse continues to surge over a series of rapids. Some interesting flora can be witnessed at this location, for example, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Witch Hazel, and Sycamore to name a few. The existence of a salt spring brings some historical significance to the area as it is thought to have been used as far back as 1792, containing some of the best quality and quantity of salt in the province. Site facilities include limited parking off 9 th Ave. on escarpment tablelands.
Directions: From the QEW take the QEW to Seventh Street Louth. Travel south along Seventh Street Louth to Hwy 81. Turn right on Highway 81 Left onto Ninth Street. Entrance and parking for Conservation Area on left hand side. Information provided by the Niagara conservation website.
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