*Given popularity of these waterfalls, consider planning your visit during off-peak times (early morning or weekdays) and avoid parking on roadways if parking lots are full.
Please practice physical distancing and avoid gathering in large groups.
Don’t be confused by the multiple names for Smokey Hollow Falls – also known as Grindstone, Waterdown or Great Falls. They all describe the same beautiful ribbon waterfall in its leafy forest setting that flows from Grindstone Creek in Waterdown.
- At 10 metres tall, this isn’t the area’s biggest waterfall, but this short and fast-flowing waterfall is surrounded by a great section of the Bruce Trail. It has a rugged footpath tracing its way up and down the ravine formed by Niagara Escarpment.
- Once used to power a local sawmill, the falls are now the centre of beautifully rehabilitated park land.
Parking and Proximity to Falls
- A parking lot can be found just off Mill Street, not far from highway 5.
- There is a viewing platform beside the waterfall.
- The Great Falls loop is 3.5 km hike (with a 1.1 km side trail option) that is part of the Bruce Trail. A steep hill and steps are part of this walk that takes you from the forest to the top of the Niagara Escarpment. So expect a workout.
What to Do
- Rock Chapel Golf Centre, a couple of kilometres west of highway 6 on highway 5, features an 18-hole mini-putt course.
- Waterdown Village Farmers’ Market, open Saturday mornings May through October, features a long list of local vendors.
What to Eat
- The historic community of Waterdown has plenty of delicious treats to indulge in.
- Copper Kettle Cafe is known for its mouth-watering apple fritters
- Chocolate fans can try BeanerMunky’s small-batch, artisanal chocolates.
- Pick up meat, cheese and baked goods for a picnic at Harrington Lane Farms
- Enjoy traditional fine dining at Lord Byron Steak and Seafood House
- Not far, in neighbouring Freelton, West Avenue Cidery serves up small batch ciders in a stunning farm setting.
Enjoying Hamilton Waterfalls Safely
Please consider these tips to help keep you safe while respecting the environment and surrounding neighbourhoods.
- Waterfalls are located in environmentally sensitive areas – please stay on marked designated trails and obey closure signs; there are many rare plants that can be easily damaged or destroyed.
- Park in designated parking areas only.
- Do not cross active CN rail tracks to access waterfall areas and vistas. Crossing rail tracks is prohibited and illegal.
- Stick to marked paths and stay well back from slopes, edges and other fall or slipping hazards.
- Keep children and pets close.
- Do not climb or otherwise bypass fencing.
Please watch this safety video from the City of Hamilton.