Economy Falls is a gem that you'll find deep into the Cobequid Hills. I must admit that I was a bit intimidated by the long dirt road to get to the falls but am so glad that I went.
They may not be the highest falls in the province but their location and the descent to get to them make them a worthwhile voyage.
Directions: Follow highway #2 west toward Parrsboro, Economy & Five Islands. When you arrive in Economy turn right onto River Philip road (dirt road) and drive 7km (4.5 mi). The trailhead will on your right. Watch for the signs. The google map that I include near the bottom of this page is a good resource tool for directions.
GPS at trailhead: 45°26'39.4"N 63°55'39.3"W
Distance: 2km return
Elevation: 63 metres
Time: 1-2 hours
Level of Difficulty: Very steep stairs descending to the falls and climbing the stairs for the return trip makes this moderate difficulty.
Food/Water: Water is always necessary. Light snacks are also a good idea.
Clothes/Accessories: A sweater or light jacket; sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots; insect repellent; binoculars and a camera.
Facilities: There are a couple of benches along the trail but no other facilities.
The initial walk as you leave the parking area is an easy path. You'll walk a short distance before you see signs indicating the falls. You will also see access signs for the Devils Bend and Kenomee Canyon trails from here.
You'll get to the first set of stairs quickly. They are sturdy but steep. I read there are 186 steps to the bottom of the falls!
This is a beautiful forested area. I really felt like I was far away from everything when I was at Economy Falls. The descent to the falls is like going back in time.
The hike down to the falls in not entirely stairs. However, the trail does remains steep so be cautious.
And finally we start to hear the falls. You are deep into the gorge in the Cobequid Hills now. Very far away from everything and everyone.
This is an absolutely wonderful spot. I had decided quickly that I wanted to come here and explore. Definitely did not regret it!
I also read that some of the oldest rock formations in the province are here.
This is a short video that I took while I was at the falls. It was a gorgeous day.
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