Jones Falls, to be honest, is pretty disappointing. It’s right outside of Owen Sound, so I guess I could be a really popular place, but the view is just not that great. There are a number of trees that effectively block the view of much of the falls. You can see part of the falls directly from the road, but getting a closer view is just difficult.
The left side of the river is probably your best bet for getting an “ok” view. A trail leads over the river to the right side, but it is almost impossible to get any good pictures. I don’t believe there is any way to get to the base of the falls, at least safely or legally. (Though later reading suggests that there may be an easy way to get to the base…I just didn’t see if when I was there.) Oh well, some waterfalls just need to be left alone…Otherwise, it’ll be just another waterfall with too many people swarming around it.
- From Owen Sound, head west on ON-6/21. It’s not too far from Owen Sound.
- You’ll climb a few hilly stretches of the road, and if you look to your right, you’ll end up seeing the falls, at least partially. You’ll know you’re in the right area since there is a pretty big pull-off with trash cans right near the falls.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Jones Falls in October 2010
Where in the World is Jones Falls?
Weaver’s Creek Falls in October 2010
Weaver’s Creek Falls might be the smallest of the falls in the Owen Sound area, but it might also just be one of the most peaceful and quiet in the area too…and that’s surprising, considering how close it is to a very busy park. It’s almost hidden and unassuming. There are no real signs indicating that there’s a waterfall just a few hundred feet away.
The only negative thing about the falls is that it is partially on private property, and while there is a trail clearly leading to the falls, a sign says no trespassing just before you get to the falls. Oh well, you can still get a pretty good view. And the view is especially scenic during fall, when the fall colors kick in. With those fall colors, the forest floor becomes vibrant!
- From Owen Sound, head south on 2nd Ave East.
- Turn left into Harrison Park, and almost directly after that, turn right. (It might be the only way you can go).
- Head down that road to the swimming pool. When I was there, you couldn’t actually go all the way down the road, and it ended at a gate. This was the perfect place to park.
- To the right of the pool you’ll find a boardwalk that leads over Weaver’s Creek and heads upstream to the falls.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Weaver’s Creek Falls?
Inglis Falls is one of the more impressive waterfalls in the Owen Sound area. It is rather unique, with the waterfall widening toward the base. It is also rather easy to visit, being only a few miles outside of Owen Sound. Driving there poses no difficulty, and other waterfalls are nearby (some smaller ones that aren’t always advertised widely).
Once you get to the falls, you may have to pay an entrance fee, though when we visited in late October, there wasn’t anybody collecting a fee. There is a major viewpoint where the picture was taken, which is great, especially when the sun is not shining right above the falls! If you cross the bridge above the falls, you may not necessarily get any good views. Now, there is a hike to the base of the falls, though it is not simple. At first, the hike is pretty clear, and then at some point, the trail essentially ends. You’ll have to bushwack and rock-hop to get to a great view at the base of the falls. It’s not terrible, at least compared to other experiences I’ve had…just keep track of the easiest way to get back to the trail.
- From Owen Sound, head south on 2nd Ave East, which turns into 2nd Ave SE.
- Turn left on Inglis Falls Road, and head south on Inglis Falls Rd.
- After a short distance, you’ll end up at the entrance to the park, where there is parking available.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy, from main viewpoint)
Hike: no hike required
Inglis Falls in October 2010
Where in the World is Inglis Falls?