ECONOMY FALLS TRAIL

GENERAL INFORMATION Name: Economy Falls Trail County: Colchester Ownership: Economy River Wilderness Area (Nova Scotia Environment and Labour) plus private land at trail head Trail Length: 1 kilometers (0.6 miles), one way to Economy Falls. Season: Year-round; may be impassable during winter conditions EMERGENCY INFORMATION Emergency: 911 Nearest Phone: Cell phone coverage on the trail is poor. Economy Country Store, Central Economy, has a pay phone. DIRECTIONS From Truro, drive west along Highway #104 to Exit 11 at Glenholme. Turn onto Highway #2 and follow for 34 km to Lower Economy. Turn right onto River Philip Road (dirt) and travel about 6.5 km to a trail head parking area, on the right. ACTIVITIES Walking: N Hiking: Y Mountain Biking: N XCountry Ski: N ATV: N Horse: N Snowmobile: N Coastal: N Loop: N Wheelchair: N Wheelchair Assisted: N DESCRIPTION Trail System Description The Economy Falls Trail allows visitors to access and view Economy Falls from both above and below, via an easy to moderate route. All but the first part of this trail is within Economy River Wilderness Area. The trail passes through rich, mature hardwood forest, known for its showy spring flora. For the best view of the falls, follow the access trail 0.75 kilometers (0.5 miles) to the stairs and descend to the riverís edge below the falls. From there, you will face the falls directly. The return trip up 180 steps may be strenuous. Instead of descending the steps, you may also continue on the main access trail, east, to a look-off above the falls. Another 100 metres on this trail reveals a large bridge across Economy River, upstream of the falls. This bridge offers a very scenic view of the Economy River gorge. Return to the trail head as you came, or continue on the trail, past the bridge, to explore the Cobequid Escarpment Trail. The Economy Falls area also serves as gateway to the 18 km Kenomee Canyon Trail, within Economy River Wilderness Area. You are encouraged to review NSELís Keep it Wild brochure for guidance on wilderness area standards and safe recreation. For more information on the provinceís Protected Areas Program call 902-424-2117 or visit: http://www.gov.ns.ca/enla/protectedareas