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Location: St. Catharines, Niagara region
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Height: ~70 ft. (~21.3 m)
Access:   hike   nodog  
Distance: 0.5 miles (RT) (0.8 km)
Elevation: 400 ft. (121.9 m)
Season: Apr-Jul
Lat/Long:43.110, -79.260
Directions:From Niagara Falls, drive west on the QEW to St. Catharines. Take the Hwy 406 exit south, and drive about 7 miles (11.2 km) to St. Davids Rd west. Drive a short distance to Glenridge Rd and turn left. Drive to Decew Rd and turn right. Follow Decew Rd. about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the Morningstar Mill on the right and park (the mill is a short distance past the lakes).

Decew Falls is one of the prettiest of the "other" falls in the Niagara area. It plunges off a 70 ft. cliff into a nice little pool on Beaverdam Creek, near Morningstar Mill.

From the parking area, walk along a trail past the mill and through a fence opening. Unfortunately, there is no good view of the falls from the top. The best way to see Decew Falls is from its base, and that means scrambling down the very steep cliffs. Continue on the trail, looking for an easy way down. If you continue all the way to the Lower Decew Falls, you will see a yellow rope tied to a tree in a somewhat easier section. Be very careful as you climb down, as it is steep and difficult. Once at the bottom of the gorge, take a look at Lower Decew Falls, then backtrack up the creek to Decew Falls.

At Decew Falls, you will also notice another man-made waterfall right beside it. Mark Harris calls this Faucet Falls. There is also an old mine shaft tunnel here, which looks dangerous to explore, yet is not blocked off.

For more info on the historic mill located here, see our links page.

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Lower Decew Falls 0.00 miles
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