Piper’s Glen Falls (Egypt Falls)

Dsc06594Dsc06589Dsc06597Located in the Piper's Glen area of Cape Breton Island, Egypt Falls are a must see for waterfall seekers. The falls lie within a valley of hardwood forest and have strong flow during any time of year.  Egypt falls has a unique wide appearance and two levels of pools.  Both pools appear to be deep enough for swimming.

The trail to the falls is short, but can be strenuous especially on the return trip.  Wear good footwear as the trail is steep, rocky and unstable near the end.  Ro pes have been put in place for negotiating the steeper section close to the river bottom.  When attending, follow the trail down the steep hill until you reach the cliff, then either carefully ascend the side slope to the river bottom, or walk along the ridge until you reach the top of the falls.  Both areas require caution.  Generally though, you can reach the falls with a fifteen to twenty minute hike from your vehicle.

To get there, head to Scotsville near Lake Ainslie.  Take the 395 highway north toward Margaree and watch for the signage for the Egypt Road and Piper's Glen. Turn east on the Egypt Road and take your first right, crossing a bridge at the dirt road intersection.  Ascend the hill and drive until you see a small turnabout.  If you start descending a steep hill along the dirt road, you've gone too far. In 2007, there were faded signs and flagging tape indicating the falls trail-head.

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