I was undecided when my chosen morning to do these hikes arrived because it was calling for rain and the weather was changing every 5 minutes. First it said sun and cloud. Than it said mostly cloudy with showers. Than it said heavy showers. Finally, I stopped checking and took a chance and headed towards Louisbourg.
I made it to the turn off to Little Lorraine and located the stretch of road where the trail was said to be located. The directions I found online said to drive a few kilometers down and park on the left side of the road. I assumed the tail would be on the left side and was looking for it when all of a sudden, I realized I was in Main-a-dieu and must have missed it. I turned around and, this time, set my GPS to take me right to the trail...and of course, the trail was on the other side of the road.
It looked like I could drive up the road leading to Gooseberry Cove but I wasn't taking any chances in an old gravel road in the Spring. I grabbed my camera, changed into my hiking boots and walked along a somewhat rough but seemingly driveable road. It was apparent that someone drove up there recently because there were fresh tire tracks. I saw more evidence of recent visitors when I reached the parking area near the beach; empty lobster claws and an empty bottle of Bud.
I thought there would be signs marking the start of the trail but I didn't see any so I considered going to the right where there was a beach until I noticed what looked like a little trail going to the left.
I thought I knew about every waterfall on Cape Breton Island until I found information online about all the waterfalls in Cape Breton and there are dozens I never knew existed. Of course, being the adventurous waterfall-loving soul that I am, I will eventually see each and every one of them. On this day, I decided to knock Devil's Hill Falls off my list.
While I had directions on my phone, I still had trouble finding the entrance to the falls. I found New Boston Road with little trouble but the entrance to the falls eluded me for some time. I drove up and down the road several times (and had my car accosted by some angry-looking dobermans when I turned around in their driveway) looking on the side that was mentioned in the directions and just couldn't find anything that even remotely looked like a trail. Finally, I stopped to ask a woman doing some work in her yard if she knew where they were. Turns out, the entrance is on the other side of the road and I would later find out that the directions I had were correct. The problem, it turns out, is New Boston Road is a loop and the person who wrote the directions assumed most people would enter from the other way.
I finally find the entrance to the falls with a clearly marked sign with "Devil's Hill Falls" that I would have seen had I been looking in the right place.
The sound of waterfalls is the most relaxing sound in the world to me (well, tied with the sound of crickets in a pond at night) and I could have stayed there at the bottom of those falls all day if it hadn't looked like the sky was going to open up any minute. The trail keeps going for quite a bit according to what I read online so I made a promise to myself to return and stay longer at the falls and also hike the rest of the trail. Back at my car, I hadn't even turned the ignition yet when the rain started. Another successful day on the trails!