After almost 3 months, New Brunswick has entered the Orange Phase of reopening, and everyone (including us!) took advantage of the great summer weather and spent some time outdoors to enjoy the beauty of New Brunswick.
Z and I took a drive to Meductic near Woodstock, and the Maliseet trail, which leads to Hays Falls.
As you drop down into the valley near Hays Falls you’ll hear the roar of the falls before you can see them. You will soon see the top of the falls through the trees. The full falls comes into view when you come around a rocky outcrop near the stream.
From the parking area the trail ascends through a mainly softwood forest and transitions into a hardwood ridge. There is a picnic table in a cedar stand about half way up the hill. At the top of the hill (about a kilometre) the trail comes to a junction. Going straight will take you out to the highway in a couple hundred metres. You will want to go to the right.
The right branch of the trail descends towards the falls. After a short distance the trail branches again. The trail to the right continues to descend to the bottom of the falls. The trail to the left ascends to the top of the falls. This is one of the tallest waterfalls in the province at around 80 feet.
The main trail goes down to the bottom of the falls. At the bottom of the hill you will come to the stream below the falls. You will come around a rocky outcrop on the left and be looking up at the falls. The stream is shallow so make sure you check the falls out from all angles. Be careful though because the rocks are always wet and can be slippery.