JULY 30, 2018
I pass by Hilton Falls Conservation often when on my way to hang with my horse. I've always wanted to visit and decided to go early on a Monday morning, I was trying to beat the heat by going early but the heat was unavoidable that day.
It was just the babe and I for this excursion and I had planned to carry her along the hiking paths in the carrier, thankfully I asked the attendees working the toll booth if the paths were stroller friendly and was told the yellow hiking trail path “D” was. If I had carried her right up against me the entire “hike” we would have been literally a puddle of sweat! Or, well I would have been the puddle and she would have been covered in my sweat. So humid! The yellow “D” path is pretty stroller friendly just a few bumpy rocks and roots to navigate through. I’d say it’s about 30 minutes to get to the falls on this path, and then you can just follow that path right back out of the park. There are plenty of signs pointing you in the right direction of what trail letter you are on, as well as signs pointing to the direction of the falls. Very convenient for myself, who has never been able to read any sort of map in her life. Just be warned for any momma’s with strollers, there is quite a large hill at the beginning of this trail and I’m in decent physical shape and was having a hard time. If your physical abilities are compromised make sure you bring someone along to help you and your stroller up that first and only big incline.
There are 3 trails in total for walkers/hikers, which are also shared with bikers and horseback riders. All varying km’s and scenery. Then there are 3 biking only trails. As I said the yellow trail I took is the easiest trail to get you to the falls and the fastest. Unfortunately, I decided to visit Hilton Falls during a rain drought and there weren’t really any falls. Just my luck! It was either that or I couldn’t quite access the falls with a stroller, but I doubt that was the issue. The trail literally ends at where the falls were supposed to be, as in you can’t go any further. In this “dead end” there is a beautiful area of picnic tables and even fire pits for people to enjoy while they listen to the falls. There are also some picnic tables outside of the trails, closer to the parking area and entrance to the park. This is where the babe and I had our picnic, or better knows as me spoon feeding her apple sauce.
Maybe I didn’t get to see the falls but it was a beautiful change of scenery for my daily walk with the babe and one check off my summer bucket list! I definitely have to go back though because a coworker of my husbands told him that if you stand in the park with bird seed, all the little chickadee’s come and land right on you to eat the seed out of your hand! Real life Snow White moment right there!
There is a $7 per person entrance fee for the park. There is also a little store on site where I believe I saw an sign advertising drinks and ice cream for sale. Not sure about washroom facilities as I never had to use the bathroom while there. More information can be found on their website.