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Crook's Hollow Trail

Crooks’ Hollow Trail in Flamborough (Greensville) – a taste of history along the way

The Hamilton, Ontario area has some great hiking trails that are free to the public and not overly used. For a nice change from the packed Halton-region conservation areas and trails, this past weekend we headed back to Flamborough, Ontario to hit the trail going the opposite way from Webster’s Falls.

The Crooks’ Hollow Trail that runs along Spencer Creek and into Christie Lake, is a quiet spot with the occasional fellow-hiker walking along. This trail, run by the Hamilton Conservation Authority, is not long – approximately a 3.5 km round trip – but it’s very scenic at this time of the year.  Deciduous trees offer a very colourful view, particularly along the creek.

This trail at Spencer Creek is also a historic route with several interesting spots along the way including the remnants of Crooks’ Hollow dam and the ruins of the Darnley Grist Mill. Dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, they hold much local historical value. The remains of the various old buildings along the way give the location a bit of a spooky vibe – perfect for a walk around Halloween time. It’s an easy walk, so it’s ideal for families with little kids.

Our route

We started out at Greensville Optimist Park (access at Brock Road 46, Bullock’s Corner) walking along Spencer Creek. This is also a good spot for a walk, however you will find the occasional piece of furniture thrown into the creek from one of the bridges along the way.

The one thing you will note about these trails – they are fairly clean and well-kept. There’s little garbage on the ground as compared to some of the other trails we have been on this year. This may be partly due to fewer people on them.

Ideal spot for fall foliage photography

As the trees were just starting to show their brilliant colours this past Thanksgiving weekend, we can probably expect some more colour over the next week. This is another good spot to take your camera for those brilliant fall foliage scenes. The best time to walk west along Spencer Creek is late afternoon as the sun is setting – it lights up the colourful trees on the opposite side of the creek.

Bring along a map of the trail, as well as a historical guide for your own self-guided tour.

Some of the photos from our hike at Crooks’ Hollow Trail:

Crooks Hollow Trail near Hamilton, Ontario

The quiet Optimists Trail leading to Crooks’ Hollow Trail

Crooks' Hollow Trail near Hamilton

Fall colours along Spencer Creek by Crook’s Hollow Trail

Crooks Hollow Trail

Along the Crooks’ Hollow Trail you can see many old homes as well as some beautiful views

Darnley Grist Mill

The Darnley Grist Mill is a great spot for photography

Darnley Cascade

The Darnely cascade just up from Darnley Mill

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