Nymph Falls Nature Park
Steps to Puntledge River now open at Nymph Falls.The steps are about 25m downstream from the falls. When swimming keep children within arms reach and enjoy your refreshing dip with a friend.
- scenic views
- picnic tables
- forested trails
- mountain biking
- horseback riding
- toilet (May 31, 2016 Please note: the toilet by the falls is currently out of order. The other park toilet remains open. We apologize for the inconvenience)
Puntledge - Black Creek (Area 'C')
Forbidden Plateau Road
How to Get There
View the map [PDF - 54 KB] for directions
RIVER & FALLS
This park protects 61ha (151 acres) of second-growth forest located on the north side of the Puntledge River The river is one of the main attractions of the park along with Nymph Falls. The river and falls rage over series of exposed bedrock ledges from fall to spring to the delight of white water enthusiasts. In the summer the glacial waters run calm, clear and cool, making the park and nearby Barber’s Hole popular spots for a refreshing dip on hot days.
The spectacular Nymph Falls cascade over fish ladders blasted out 70 years ago to assist spawning salmon swim upstream. Watch fish returning in October and November to leap their way up the falls. A rock outcrop at the shore provides a good location to view the river, the falls and fish ladder, as well as a sunny site to picnic, sunbathe and swim. American dippers, a small bird that loves the water, are often seen along the river. The falls are a leisurely 600m stroll from the parking lot
Comox Valley residents use hydroelectric power generate by BC Hydro from the river and dam at Comox Lake. A siren indicates the river is about to become faster and higher. WHEN YOU HEAR THE SIREN, EVACUATE THE RIVER IMMEDIATELY.
Dogs are welcome, even off leash if kept near and under control. There is a picnic area and two outhouses along with a few scattered benches. The picnic table clearing close to the river at the base of the main entrance was once the site of a labour camp for conscientious objectors (e.g. Mennonites) during World War II.
SWIMMING in the Puntledge River is unsupervised. Changing currents and water depths can be a drowning hazard, as can branches and trees in the river. River rocks are slippery with green algae.
The park has hike only, bike only and multi-use trails.
Mountain Bike: For more advanced mountain bikers there are trails noted in red on the map.
(Cog the Log and Tree Bender) These trails included technical features and obstacles which serve to challenge the more experienced riders. Not all features have ride arounds.
Multi-Use: Purple trails on the map are multi-use trails suitable for hikers and beginner bikers. Be prepared to share with bikes and horses.
Pedestrian: Trails are marked in green on the map (Long Loop and Short Loop) are pedestrian-only and are not open for biking.
Trails within the park connect with a larger system up and down the river. For a trail map and information on the BC Hydro Puntledge Recreation Area to the west of the park:
COASTAL WESTERN HEMLOCK BIOGEOCLIMATIC ZONE
Douglas-fir, western hemlock, and red cedar are the primary species of this second growth forest, as well as a few black cottonwood, Sitka spruce bigleaf maple, red alder and Pacific yew. In the summer, unusual plants may be seen along edge of the trail, such as gnome plant and Indian pipe.
The birds most commonly seen along the trails and river are osprey, Cooper's hawk, bald eagle, Glaucous-winged gull, American dipper, northern flicker, red-breasted sapsucker, varied thrush, brown creeper, Pacific wren, red-breasted nuthatch, chestnut-backed chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, belted kingfisher and dark-eyed junco.
BEARS AND COUGARS pass through the forest regularly although are seldom seen. Always keep children and pets in sight. Animals are more active at night. Use park after dawn and before dusk. Make noise while on trails to Avoid surprising wildlife and triggering an attack.
Trails are maintained in large part through the efforts of volunteers from the Plateau Road Residents Association. Thank you Plateau Road residents.