Felker's Falls Conservation Area
Location: Ackland Street, Stoney Creek, ON
Felker’s Falls Conservation Area is a beautiful spot just steps away from an urban environment. This escarpment area is forested and features Felker’s Falls, a 20-metre ribbon waterfall, scenic vantage points and trails, including the Peter Street Trail, a wheelchair accessible loop trail which winds through the conservation area.
The waterfall is the highlight of this area, which also contains one of the few remaining woodlots on the Vinemount Moraine. The broadleaf upland woods that grow along the escarpment slopes serve as a link between natural areas along the Niagara Escarpment Corridor. The rock exposures located at Felker’s Falls have been identified as providing important geological information and of educational value. Though the plunge pool at Felker’s is not as large as the one at the Devil’s Punch Bowl, it does provide an interesting look at the rock layers of this section of the Niagara Escarpment.
Felker’s, like many old escarpment river channels, has an upper and lower gorge. The upper gorge eroded to rapids while the lower gorge developed a waterfall due to its composition of a layer of hard limestone over softer rock. These layers are repeated near the base of the falls, creating another small waterfall.