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Tews Falls

Tews Falls vintage postcard
Tews Falls vintage postcard
Tews Falls
Tews Falls. Photo by David Piano. Click to enlarge

Tews Falls is a ribbon waterfall 41 metres in height, making it the tallest in Hamilton. Located at the Spencer Gorge / Webster's Falls Conservation Area in Greensville, its source is Logie's Creek.

History

Much of the present gorge was carved out by the body of water that preceded Spencer Creek, about ten thousand years ago. The rock layers are deposits of mud and other substances from the floors of the ancient seas that once covered parts of this continent, and fossilized remains of sea plants and animals have been found in rocks in the area.

How to get there

To reach Tews Falls by car, take Highway 8 from Dundas. Go right on Brock Road and right again onto Harvest Road. Tews can be reached off of Harvest.

To reach Tews Falls via a walking trail, take the Dundas section of the Bruce Trail.

For anyone wishing to go to the base of Tews Falls, Ferguson Falls, or Lower Tews Falls, the trail in from the train tracks is now marked with yellow paint. Park at the bottom of Hwy 8 (King Street) on Woodley Lane in Dundas at the train bridge.

Follow the old Bruce Trail up the stairs, crossing the tracks and turn right and continue beside the tracks uphill till you come to the first marked tree on your right. Take extra care crossing the tracks and do NOT walk on the tracks as there has been an accident here before. Turn left into the forest on the path, and keep the marked trees on your right till you come to the campsite. Lower Tews is just below it to the left.

The trail is not marked between Lower Tews and Tews because all you have to do is keep Logies Creek on your left as you are heading upstream towards Tews. At no point do you have to get your feet wet on this route. Watch for Ferguson Falls on your right as you head towards Tews. It looks quite nice when it is covered in ice or flowing after a storm.

On your return trip you can bypass Lower Tews by climbing over the hill to get back to the campsite and onto the trail. The return trail is also marked on the trees, again keeping the marked trees on your right.

Please note this walk is not for everyone as you will have to scramble over some downed trees and climb some hills as well.

Expect this hike to take about 3 hours round trip including stopping for photos.

Tews Falls Photo Gallery

Tews Falls in Summer
Tews Falls in summer. Photo by Ray Love.
Tews Falls
Tews Falls. Photo by Dan Court. Click to enlarge
 
Tews Falls
Tews Falls. Photo by Caroline Nutter
Tews Falls
Tews Falls. Photo by Dan Court
Tews Falls
Tews Falls. Photo by Dan Court

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Chris Ecklund's clip of Tews Falls. Shot August 13, 2009.

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