Eels Creek To High Falls

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North Kawartha, Ontario

Eels Creek To High Falls is a 5.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Kawartha, Ontario, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.0 km Elevation Gain: 107 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

This hike along the southernmost section of the canadian shield has some great views that can normally only be found further north. The trail starts out easily but becomes marshy around 300m in which is followed by a creek crossing. There are a few logs across the creek to aid in crossing but it's still a little tricky. The trail then climbs onto open rocky sections of the canadian shield as it follows the river upstream towards the falls. This area is home to Ontario's only native lizard, the five-lined skink. This hike is on crown land so there are no fees and camping is permitted but be aware that there are no outhouses or other amenities.

hiking
bugs
1 hour ago

It was an amazing trail! Constant views which was nice! There are a couple creeks to cross which was a happy challenge! Since the area is Crown land, it got a little awkward walking through people’s camp sites but other then that, the waterfall was an absolute treat! You can see someone tried to tag the trail, but I will say it’s easy to wonder elsewhere! The tags aren’t very consistent, so you have to pay close attention! I’d do it again though!

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing trail definitely be prepared to get your feet wet and bring bug spray

hiking
8 days ago

This was a great trail however, it starts off on crown land... which we had no idea it did. We saw a lot of campers, and it wasn’t as peaceful as we thought it would be. It’s about a 4h hike to the falls and there are no signs along the way... extremely hard to find which trail goes to the falls

hiking
muddy
off trail
11 days ago

overall it is an amazing trail to do! Although it was not a marked trail which made it a little difficult to follow. While checking your directions every once in a while you should be able to avoid this! At some points I felt as though that I might have gotten poison ivy as well as ticks, but in the end, I got neither. Other than those few points the trail is truly beautiful. The hike there is accompanied by the lake and beautiful views!! Once the destination is reached it is 1000000% worth it and is a good idea to spend the day there! I’m not sure if I would recommend this trail for people with children due to the elevation aspects and hiking conditions (rocky, muddy, tall grasses). Overall 7/10 trail, would do it again but next time with better shoes, more water and longer socks

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

hiking
muddy
19 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Absolutely terrific trail. Like others have mentioned, a couple of tricky water crossings with logs. Wouldn’t recommend for anyone with young kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail - would definitely recommend if you have the all trails app and have download the map. There are 3 stream crossings (roughly 10 feet across) where you have to balance on a log, so be aware of that if you are thinking about bringing your kids. The water isn’t very deep if you did miss a step anyway. We made it to the falls without getting lost, however on the way back we went off the trail near the marsh. If you go to this trail bring marking tape so you will know your way back. Kinda muddy in the heavily wooded areas. The view of the falls is amazing. There is a small parking lot for 10-15 cars. Probably busy on weekends. Lots of great camping spots.

hiking
bridge out
closed
flooded
off trail
1 month ago

With spring in full effect and water levels higher than normal, I would still highly recommend this hike for those with a heightened sense of adventure and a good crew:) With a good sense of direction, the trail map, and some local girls who have done the hike before I was able to have a great day out in the woods. Making new friends and memories. With the original bridge flooded over, we hiked up and around where we successfully crossed at a fallen down tree over the creek. While most of us had a large and sturdy stick to aid in the crossing and prevent falling in, those with great balance (and confidence) can attempt to walk the line. You only risk taking a quick swim ;) After that you are maybe 10 minutes to the main trail once hiking through the bush and tip toeing your way through a little swampy area. The falls are great to sit and lounge around

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flooded
icy
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Very pretty scenery however you cannot cross right now to get to the falls. We will have to come back and try again. It isn't marked very well and is easy to get lost. The fact that it is flooded didn't help with that though. I think it is worth a second try when the water level is lower!!

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flooded
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Good little hike to the waterfall. A lot of water flowing this time of year, so made for some nice shots. The trail was snow covered and icy in previous footprints. Crossing the log bridge is a bit sketchy due to the ice and snow buildup however it was not a problem. I went off trail to see the beaver dam and also took a shortcut by walking along the frozen waters edge. (I don't advise doing this unless you are with someone else and/or have experience with ice safety). Will definitely be back in the summer!

hiking
flooded
washed out
6 months ago

Only reason gave one star is because less than a mile in there’s a beaver dam and at the present time there’s no way it’s passable. Looking forward to trying again in future

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

Challenging hike without wild changes in elevation. Incredibly easy to get lost. Would not dare to try it during wet season due to the water crossings & mud. Camp sites at the falls look great. No eels.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
7 months ago

Scenic fall colours , moderate trail not too difficult , we walked with the dog and he wouldn’t cross the “log bridge “ so we had to carry him over lol! A little muddy , If it were not for the map here on this app / combined with the markings on the trees ( carved square in tree or orange ties) I would have probably gotten lost ! Literally picked 10? Ticks off my dog thank god he has fairly thin / white hair that I could spot them .. Hope I got them all! Otherwise , enjoyable hike would love to camp here!

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hiking
muddy
8 months ago

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