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Clearwater County, Alberta

Playing in waterfalls at Crescent Falls

Originally added by Mike Wahl

Amazing views of the tiered waterfalls, beautiful and relaxed hiking trails, campground on site, lack of crowds, pets allowed, easy access

Crescent falls has got to be one of the most awe inspiring in Alberta, from the gorgeous tiered waterfalls to the huge rock walls surrounding you, it is absolutely breathtaking. The waterfall lookout is a two minute walk from the parking area and there is a campground on site as well. Take highway 11 west of Nordegg 17kms then turn north at the sign for Crescent Falls. Follow the dirt road a few kilometres and go past the first lookout/parking area unitl you come to the end, which is where the parking and campground is. From the parking lot it is a quick walk to the lookout of the falls. Look down from the top of the falls, also explore along the rivers edge and snap some pics of the mountains in the distance over the river. Then follow the trail down the falls and you will see foot trails that lead down to the next tier. You can either follow the switchbacks or use the rope to help hike down straight down the hill. Once you get down the small hill you will come to the falls which are stunning from below. You can get quite close to the falls and feel the mist falling upon you. You can also stand on the cliffs and look down to the river below. Be careful on the cliffs as they can be quite wet and surprisingly slippery. If you wish to further explore, you can go down to the lowest level of the falls to the river below, but you will need to scramble down some steep scree. I did not get the chance to do it as I had my dog with me but certainly will return to do so. Don't forget to put away the camera for a few minutes and just take it all in!

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area


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