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Cataract Trail - Balls Falls Conservation Area

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General Information

The Cataract Trail runs along the path of the Twenty Mile Creek,  a waterway that once powered the milling operations of a tiny hamlet settled by the Ball family in the early 19th Century.  Featuring both the upper and lower falls, the trail will take you on an experience from the rock formations of the Niagara Escarpment to the restored buildings of the once active pioneer hamlet, and the remnants of the Ball family saw mill.  When visiting late June and early July, expect to see plenty of patches of raspberries on the way back from the upper falls; they are a tasty reason to visit the trail while the falls are dry.  Bring your hiking boots in the fall and spring to the trail to appreciate the beauty and power of the Upper and Lower Ball's Falls.   Nature enthusiasts may catch a glimpse of the many migratory and nesting birds, reptiles, and other animals that can be found in the Ball's Falls Conservation Area. The Cataract Trail will also connect you with the Bruce Trail and the Twenty Valley Trail for a longer hiking option.  Mid-way through the Cataract Trail, there is an option to detour on the Forest Frolic Trail.



Heritage Buildings


Contains interesting traces of a mid 19th century industrial hamlet.


Centre for Conservation; 50 species of migrant and 162 nesting birds can be seen here. As well as many species of animals and reptiles, some of which are endangered.� Balls Falls and Twenty Valley are also featured in this area.


Special Events (seasonal)

Recreational Uses

Hiking, Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Adjacent Land Uses

Balls Falls Conservation Area

Further Information

InfoNiagara: http://www.infoniagara.com/attractions/images/escarp-large-balls.jpg

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority: http://www.conservation-niagara.on.ca/conservation_areas/ballsfalls/ballsfalls.html

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority - Balls Falls Conservation Area Flyer

Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority


Parking, Washroom Facilities, Pavilion, Heritage Buildings with Tours (must pay to enter)
Seasonal Special Events (see web-page)
Coming Soon: Balls Falls Centre for Conservation

Admission Fee

Must pay for access to certain facilites


Vineland, Ontario
Municipality Town of Lincoln


(905) 788 3135

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.1345
Longitude -79.3833


Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
250 Thorold Road West; 3rd Floor
Welland, Ontario
L3C 3W2
Tel (905) 788 3135
Fax (905) 788 1121

Walking time 

1 hour

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