Edhill Creek, Hamilton Region
GPS: N 43 12.192 W 79 47.384
Directions: From Hwy 403 take the Lincoln Alexander Parkway exiting east to Hamilton. Take the Mud Street exit. Turn left at the first light onto Paramount Drive. Turn right on Ackland Street and you will find the Conservation Area parking lot on the right hand side. This is a residential neighbourhood.
The falls is located on a small site (74 hectares) named Felker’s Falls Conservation Area and is located between Hamilton and Stoney Creek. There is a good sized parking lot located in this residential neighbourhood.
The main feature in the area is Felker’s Falls and the surrounding gorge, formed as the Red Hill Creek branch, Davis Creek, flows over the escarpment. The main Bruce Trail (white blazes) runs along the top of the escarpment passing by the top of the falls. Running close to the escarpment edge, the trail offers a clear view of Stoney Creek and Lake Ontario.
This is a relatively undisturbed woodlot in a dense urban area. The woodlot is composed of mainly Beech, Sugar Maple and Oak, while stands of Eastern Hemlock were seen growing along the escarpment edge.
The trail also passes through some successional field areas, often associated with Hydro corridors. Here Bigtooth Aspen were seen along with thick stands of Staghorn Sumac, which produce attractive autumn colouring. Much of the open field area was filled with Golden Rod. No rare plants have been observed in this site. However 3 rare snakes, the locally significant Red-bellied and Northern Ringneck as well as the Eastern Smooth Green snake have been recorded here. It is also at least partially connected to two other conservation areas, King Forest Park to the west and Devil’s Punch Bowl to the east.
On its own this area may not be sufficient for the survival of wildlife, but connected to the other two sites it creates a valuable green space in this highly populated area. However, it is certainly endangered by encroaching development. It is also part of the Red Hill Creek watershed and loss of this area would affect the creek further downstream.
Little Davis Falls is located downstream from Felker’s Falls but is not easy to reach from the Felker’s CA area.
Photo Credits: YMustang5 from Instagram