The Fredericton Capital Region has numerous hidden natural treasures, including several picturesque waterfalls perfect for exploring. If you love seeking out the places only locals know, let us help you plan your next nature adventure.
Listed below, in no particular order, are some of the coolest waterfalls to see in the region. From small and relaxing to tall and striking, our waterfalls promise to captivate all nature lovers. Be sure to research before you head out on your adventure as most waterfalls require a bit of a hike to experience, so make sure you plan ahead!
Raggedy Ass Falls
Located in the community of Wirral (about an hour drive from Fredericton), Raggedy Ass Falls is actually composed of four different waterfalls. Did you know that their name comes from the possibility of ripping your pants on sharp rocks? While this sounds intimidating at first, getting to the falls is just a short 10-minute hike through a stunning forest and rocky terrain, making it the perfect spot for nature enthusiasts. Depending on the season, you might have to walk through shallow waters, so dress accordingly! As a special treat for completing the hike, you can take a swim or go fishing in the lower waterfall, which plunges 3 meters into a deep pool.Raggedy Ass Falls
Garden Creek Falls
After a day in Fredericton's city centre, you can embark on an out-and-back trail to the picture-perfect Garden Creek Falls! Just a short 10-minute drive from Fredericton, the waterfalls are located right off the highway. The walk to the falls is only 10 minutes long, so it is a perfect trail for inexperienced hikers or families. While there aren’t any trail markers, this linear hike has strong cell reception that allows you to navigate it with ease using Google Maps.Garden Creek Falls
Located 5 minutes past the village of Stanley is the magnificent Buttermilk Falls, a wonder waiting for you to discover. The hiking trail before the falls is well-known for the beautiful multicolour forest that surrounds the old road when the greens and yellows of the foliage contrast with the brown of the rocks. This 1.5 km trail offers stunning views of the Nashwaak River, right after a beautiful clearing you will find benches and a fire pit for you to enjoy. It is marked with a charming sign that complements the natural beauty of the surrounding trees, creating an inviting atmosphere for all who visit.Buttermilk Falls
Midland Road Falls
Situated in the northern region of Grand Lake lies the scenic Midland Road Falls. After a 10-minute hike, you will find the waterfall and access to a small pool at its base. The tranquil ambiance of the waterfall is heightened by the awe-inspiring trees that envelop the area, offering an unforgettable and serene experience for all visitors. Near the waterfalls stands the community of Minto, known for its world-class Minto Mountain Bike Trails, so next time plan some extra time to enjoy the bike trails!Midland Road Falls
Joslin Creek Falls
Joslin Creek Falls are off the Trans-Canada Highway, just 7 minutes past the exit for Kings Landing. To get there, drive south of Fredericton and take the highway for approximately 20 minutes. With beautiful scenery full of rocky formations on the edges of the waterfall, Joslin Creek Falls are the perfect place to explore. The hike to the falls is just under 15 minutes, with the trail to the falls providing great photo opportunities of the natural setting. The creek itself is part of the Wolastoq (Saint John River) river system, making it a truly unique site to admire the main river of the region.Joslin Creek Falls
Howland Falls is an adventure waiting for you in the Mactaquac area on Scotch Lake Road. You can reach the falls by driving along Route 105, just follow the Wolastoq (Saint John River)! The whole hike amounts to around 15 minutes, making it a fun trail for beginners and seasoned hikers alike. After arriving, you have the option to swim in the natural pools created by the waterfall or relax on the shore for a picnic.Howland Falls
These breathtaking falls are located near the Lindsay Valley Lodge on Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. If you are staying at the Days Inn Oromocto, these waterfalls are a 15-minute drive to the east! The falls are inside a 40-minute loop trail. Once there, you will see the beautiful cascading water and, towering above, majestic trees that create a verdant view. Beneath lies a stunning rock formation—a picturesque symphony of nature's enduring beauty.Lindsay Falls
Our waterfalls are a year-round delight, regardless of the season. During the summer, you can take a refreshing dip in the plunge holes. In the spring, the snow melting creates a heavy flow, perfect for observing the raft of the water. The fall season transforms the green foliage into a stunning amber paradise, while in winter, the waterfalls freeze into breathtaking wonders.
This is just a quick snapshot of the waterfalls in the Fredericton Capital Region. For a full list visit "Waterfalls of NB - Google Maps" and the Oromocto Watershed website. Please remember to protect the uniqueness of our environment, and pick up any trash you might have when you go waterfall chasing.
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