Eugenia Falls – Hoggs Falls via Cuckoo Valley

Fun Facts

1. In 1852, an early settler named Brownlee near Flesherton, discovered a waterfall falling 30 metres over the Niagara Escarpment to the Beaver River below – Eugenia Falls. He saw some glittering in the rock and thought that he discovered gold, but alas, it was “fools gold”. It triggered the areas first and only gold rush and leaving about 200 “miners” none the richer.

2. In 1893, William Hogg, a local businessman, built the area’s first electrical generator on the river below the falls. Using a paddlewheel to generate 70 kW from a 6 metres (20 ft) head of water, the station barely produced enough electricity to meet the needs of Eugenia and Flesherton.

3. A second attempt at hydro generations was made between 1906-1907 by the Georgian Bay Power Company. A tunnel was dug through the hill beside the top of the falls to the valley floor below. The two stone arches still remain.

4. By 1870, four mills operated on the Beaver River, and the growing community of 200 also featured several stores, Presbyterian and Methodist churches, a school, a carriage factory, a blacksmith, a cobbler and a carpenter. We then hiked on to Hoggs Falls through Cuckoo Valley, which has an elevation of 346 meters. A lot of ups and downs through the woods and crossing the Boyne river, until we reached the 7 meter tall falls. It was named after William Hogg. Although Hoggs Falls is small, the volume of water from the Boyne River pouring over it is plenty and the ice dripping down the banks is spectacular! It was too icy to get close to, so we opted to not stay long.. A good hike with Steve who always makes me laugh, and is a real trooper on the trails. Signing off, “Hiking with the Viking”. To hike here, Bruce Trail Beaver Valley Club, Map 26, Eugenia

Published by Annette Sandberg

I grew up on the Niagara Escarpment in Grey County and this ancient land was, and still is, my backyard playground. I am a Certified Hike Leader with Hike Ontario and I lead hikes for various Ontario Trail Clubs, Sightseeing Tour Agencies and individual groups of family & friends who want to experience nature safely and informatively with an experienced Guide.

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