It’s heeeere….For all you Fall lovers out there, now starts the autumn fun! Farms and pumpkins here we come….Many of the Halton Parks have their annual fall festivities lined up – you can find some info here. Today we visited Hilton Falls.
Our main reason for going was to do marshmallow roasting at the bonfire that they have going near the falls. Our son has been asking for camping activities and I thought this would be a good way to do something camp-ish, with little effort 🙂 More on this below…
My husband and I like hikes with waterfalls and have been to some nice ones in Hamilton, such as Sherman Falls and Tiffany Falls. With a perfect 16c day before us we set out to explore the park. Hilton Falls is located at 4985 Campbellville Rd in Milton.
The Looong Trail to the Falls
There are a few different hiking trails here. We did the yellow path – Hilton Falls Trail – and followed the trail markers from A to C to D (the straight line route between C and D) and then doubled back.
It was a long walk, especially for our 3 year old. Our 5 year old was fine, but a bit impatient that it was ‘taking so long to get to the campfire’. We seem to be moving away from using our stroller, but this was one outing where I wish we brought it with us.
The terrain is flat and easy, but seemed even longer than it was due to 3 year old snail pace walking. I saw numerous families sluggishly carrying their toddler and muttering ‘almost there’. Trust me, just bring the stroller.
Speaking of strollers, I would say that the path we followed was stroller friendly, but there is one small section at the beginning of the trail that will be a bit tricky. It’s steep and rocky, depending on your ability you might need a helper in this small area. But after that it’s smooth sailing.
There is also an additional viewing platform that is accessible via stairs – but you can avoid them and see the falls from the viewing area near the bonfire.
However, there are a few entrances to these trails so another spot may have a smoother entrance.
I also saw many parents walking the trail with their very little ones in a carrier.
Beautiful Tree Covered Walking Trail
It was peaceful and the trees were very beautiful, the smell of pine in the air.
It wasn’t crowded at all – so if your 3 year old has a mini meltdown because the nut she found on the ground has a line on it…there are very few people around to stare at you 🙂
Here’s my husband trying to find her a nut with no lines on it.
My kids enjoyed spotting chipmunks and caterpillars and mushrooms growing on logs.
This trail was very nice, just a bit far for the little ones.
There is a picnic table off to the side, about 3/4 of the way to the falls where you can stop for emergency snacks if needed. You will also find an outhouse style toilet en route as well (regular washrooms are near the park entrance).
The Bonfire – hint: Bring Marshmallows
As you approach the falls viewing area, there is a nice bonfire area set up with benches and large rocks for sitting.