Ettinger Falls was an adventure to locate on our first attempt, because the directions on nswaterfalls.blogspot.com was not accurate/clear enough for us. Out interpretation of the directions had us walking up what appeared to be a logging service road. We turned around and went for lunch at The Spitfire Arms British Pub in nearby Windsor. There, we asked staff if they knew how to get to Ettinger Falls. They sure did! Following their directions, we successfully found the falls!
Directions to Ettinger Falls
Here are precise directions from waterfallsofnovascotia.blogspot.com:
-From the 101 highway take exit 5 and head west towards Garland’s Crossing.
-Drive to the T intersection (you will see an Irving station) and turn left onto Evangeline Trail.
-Follow the road a short distance until you see Three Mile Plains Cross Rd and turn right onto it.
-Turn right on Windsor Back Rd.
-Drive a short distance past Mason’s Apples and you will see an unmarked dirt road between two houses.
-Drive a short distance down this dirt road past a house and park on the right before the gate.
NOTE: The gate is open quite often but will close at random and I hear it’s a hefty fine if you get locked inside the gate. Please do not risk getting locked inside, just park before the gate and take the nice easy walk up to the falls.
Once parked at the gate, simply walk approximately 800 meters up the dirt road until you are at the top of the hill. You will hear the waterfall once you’re at the right spot (there are a lot of off trails that may confuse some). Once you hear it just head left into the woods, it’s not far at all and you will be rewarded with a tranquil little place the locals like to go for the occasional dip. There is a rope swing here as of September 2016. As always please use caution when using any ropes, bridges, etc when hiking. Locals frequent this place more often now that it’s gained a bit more popularity so I recommend going before noon if you prefer to have the place to yourself.
Our Walk to Ettinger Falls
We parked the Jeep at the gate (that was locked shut), climbed over it then started our descent up the dirt road. We heard the river, and took an off trail that led us to it. We followed the river upstream until we found the falls!
Following the river upstream, toward the falls
There was litter along the river bank and at the main falls. A pizza box was floating at its base. The litter was disappointing, knowing how proactive Nova Scotia is with a “leave no trace” respect for the environment.
Standing at the top of Ettinger Falls
Panoramic view from the top of Ettinger Falls
River leading to the falls
Shrek 2 Tree!
On our walk back to the Jeep along the main dirt road, I noticed this freaky looking tree! It reminded me of the villain trees in Shrek 2!
This was a fun afternoon, that our grandchildren enjoyed too!