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Louth Conservation Area

Left: Small waterfall at Louth Conservation Area. The water has carved a path through the hard rocks. Top right: Trail running through Louth Conservation Area. This portion of the trail is well kept and wide for visitors to use. Bottom right: A break in the trees overlooking an open field beside Louth Conservation Area. In mid-autumn, deer can be spotted here. Photos: Samantha Stea.


Louth Conservation Area is one of the most well kept secrets of the Niagara Region. It is a great place to visit for those interested in waterfalls and geology. Louth is located in Lincoln County along the 16 Mile Creek off of Staff Avenue, just north of the Staff Estate Winery. The area is geologically important as it contains many valleys and rock formations as well as two waterfalls and is part of the Niagara Escarpment. The area is located near many wineries, providing an opportunity for visitors to experience the Niagara wine country as they journey to Louth Conservation Area.
Louth Conservation Area provides visitors with a small parking lot as well as access to the Bruce Trail and Louth's own trail system. Visitors can expect to see many types of birds and animals as they hike through the area. The area is largely secluded and does not receive many visitors so anyone looking for a private and uninterrupted nature experience will be able to have this at Louth Conservation Area.

Located just 1.6 km away on Staff Avenue, visitors can also enjoy an overnight stay at the Shangri-La Campground.


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Recreational Activities

- Hiking
- Wildlife viewing
- Horseback riding
- Snow shoeing
- Cross country skiing


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Click to play or download the Louth Conservation Area TripClip (mp3 format).
This destination is also part of the TripClip tour entitled Niagara's Diverse Conservation Areas.

Hours of Operation

Year Round



From Toronto:

1.      Head south on Bay Street towards Albert Street

2.      Turn right to stay on Bay Street

3.      Turn right onto Lake Share Boulevard West

4.      Slight Right towards the Gardiner Expressway West

5.      Take the Gardiner Expressway West ramp

6.      Merge onto the Gardiner Expressway West

7.      Continue onto the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)

8.      Merge onto the Queen Elizabeth Way

9.      Keep left to continue on the Queen Elizabeth Way, following signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie

10. Take exit 55 towards Regional Road 26/ Jordan Road

11. Turn left (west) onto Bayview Boulevard

12. Take the first right (south) onto Jordan Road/Regional Road 2

13. Turn left (west) onto King Street

14. Take first right (south) onto 17th Street

15. Turn left (west) onto Staff Avenue

 Destination will be on the right.

From Niagara:

1. Head north on Stanley Avenue toward spring Street

2. Turn left onto ON-420 West

3. Keep left at fork, following signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/Hamilton/Toronto and merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way

4. Take exit 55 toward Jordan Road/Regional Road 26

5. Turn left onto North Service Road (signs for Regional Road 26)

6. Take the first left (south) onto Jordan Road/Regional Road 26

7. Turn left (east) onto King Street

8. Take the first right (south) onto 17 Street

9. Turn left (east) onto Staff Avenue

 Destination will be on the right.



In 1973 the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority purchased the segment of land known as the Louth Conservation Area. Since then, a portion of the Niagara Escarpment has been preserved by the Louth Conservation Area. Louth also contains many historic rock formations. 




There are two waterfalls you can see during your hike throughout Louth Conservation Area. The first waterfall is known as the upper falls and plummets 3.66 meters. The second waterfall is known as the lower falls. The lower falls are much larger and plummet 7.92 meters. These waterfalls are made possible because of their location on the Niagara Escarpment. The waterfalls are located where 16 Mile Creek tumbles over the limestone of the Niagara Escarpment. This unique landscape has developed within the deciduous forest as exposed limestone is eroded chemically by weak acids in precipitation. The shallow trenches you can see along your hike most likely began as joints in the bedrock, which were enlarged by chemical erosion over-time.


There is also a variety of wildlife in the Louth Conservation Area. In the fall months there have been multiple white-tailed deer sightings, as well as migratory bird sightings.


Further Information


Exploring Niagara. (2013). Louth conservation area. Retrieved from


Go Waterfalling. (2009). Louth falls. Retrieved from http://www.gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/louth.shtml



Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA). (2013). Our conservation areas: Your natural playground. Retrieved from


Niagara Tourism. (2013). Louth conservation area. Retrieved from 



Toronto Hiking. (2012). Louth falls. Retrieved from http://www.torontohiking.com/tohi/louth-falls.html

Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority


Bruce Trail

Admission Fee

no admission fee




3193 Staff Avenue
Lincoln, Ontario
L0R 1S0 Municipality Lincoln County



GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.1261
Longitude -79.3512
UTM easting 634117.1
UTM northing 4776137.5


Darcy Baker
Director of Land Management
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
250 Thorold Road West, 3rd floor
Welland, Ontario
L3C 3W2
Tel 905-788-3135
Email dbaker@npca.ca

Walking time 

1-3 hours

Surface features 

Water falls, Rocks, Trails, Escarpment

Trail linkages 

Bruce Trail

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