Starting from the High Falls parking area, the trail follows an old road through a Red Pine plantation. It then becomes a footpath northward through hardwood forests on the west side of the York River. The trail connects with the first portage on the river then branches off to a rock point north of High Falls.
From the end of the trail you have a view of the top of the rapids upstream of High Falls and a view downstream towards the falls.
Cautions: The trail is quite rocky, so proper footwear is a must. Be sure to keep to the trail as there are many dangerous crevices, caves and overhangs off the path. Young children should be supervised at all times to avoid harm. In the spring or during times of heavy rainfall, the fast water could be dangerous. Use caution when approaching the river’s edge.
Cost: An Algonquin Park day permit is required at a cost of $12.00 per vehicle. Permits are available at Pine Grove Point Lodge located just beyond the Kingscote Lake Access Point Rd. intersection.
Directions: Take Hwy. 118 east of Haliburton to Essonville Ln. (County Rd. 4) and then follow to Wilberforce. From Wilberforce, take County Rd. 648 through the village of Harcourt to Elephant Lake Rd. (County Rd. 10). Continue on Elephant Lake Rd. approximately 12km. You’ll find both parking and the trailhead 2 km beyond the Kingscote Lake Access Point Road intersection.
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