Awesome Alberta: Crescent Falls will take your breath away (PHOTOS)

Aug 24 2020, 10:00 am

COVID-19 still presents a very real and dangerous threat to public health. While much of Alberta’s outdoors have been reopened to visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead, check local restrictions and current public health measures, and avoid any areas that may be too crowded. 

Crescent Falls is a gorgeous aqua vision just three hours away from Calgary by car (or half an hour west of Nordegg) and is a testament to how the wilderness of Alberta never fails to amaze.

The roaring falls plummets 30 meters over two ledges and offers breathtaking views of Bighorn River Valley.

The cascading white falls are a soul-rejuvenating experience and deserve to be witnessed at least once in all its glory before summer 2020 is over.

For your own safety, please make¬†sure you are prepared before heading out¬†on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available¬†from¬†Albertaparks.ca¬†and¬†AdventureSmart. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available¬†here.¬†Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife ‚ÄĒ and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‚Äėgram)¬†can be fatal.¬†

 

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Where is it?

Crescent Falls & Bighorn Canyon is a 5.6-kilometre, lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clearwater County, Alberta.

Crescent Falls are actually a series of two waterfalls located on the Bighorn River in west-central Alberta. They were originally called the Bighorn Falls, after the river they are located on.

The falls are located a few kilometres upstream of the river’s confluence with the North Saskatchewan River.

 

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How do you get there?

Crescent Falls are easily accessible via the David Thompson Highway (Highway 11).

The Falls are 18 km west of Nordegg, and the route there is well-signed. Turn right at the Crescent Falls sign, and continue for 4.4 km before turning left towards Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area.

After 1.7 km, park in the day-use parking lot on the left.

The trip is 3.5 hours from both Calgary and Edmonton.

 

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What’s there?

A 2.5-kilometre trail takes you to the Bighorn Gorge Lookout for spectacular views of Crescent Falls and the Bighorn River Valley.

Apart from hiking to the waterfall, the area also features a Crescent Falls Campground in Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area located 22 km west of Nordegg on Highway 11 and 6 km north on a gravel access road.

This small, well-treed campground includes seven tent-only sites, 22 RV sites and two equestrian sites with hitching rails. The Crescent Falls campground is across the creek from the day-use area. Sites are unserviced, first-come-first served, and quiet.

 

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