Hogsback Walks

39 Steps waterfallFor the more energetic, there are lots of walks/hiking trails to conquer. To truly experience the inner beauty of Hogsback, you have to take body and soul into the indigenous forests, past clear streams and many waterfalls.  These trails vary from short walks to trails taking 3-4 hours and longer. Here are a few to keep you busy. (Source: www.hogsbackinfo.co.za)

  •  39 Steps Falls and Arboretum (15 mins)  
    (An easy stroll- No exposure to heights)
    This easy stroll starts in Oak Avenue (opposite Redcoat Lane) and takes you through the Arboretum and on to the 39 Steps waterfall. The Arboretum is a garden of trees from all over the world, and includes several Californian Redwood trees, now well over 100 years old. Trees have markers showing their botanical and common names.
  • Madonna and Child Falls
    Madonna & child waterfall(
    Tiring- Some mild rock scrambling- give yourself an hour for up an down)
    Madonna and Child falls can be reached via a moderately (very) steep downhill wooden walkway from Wolf Ridge Road (4 km from Redcoat Lane- Turn towards the Hogsback Inn at Woodhill) – or by a longer route from Main Road, via the Big Tree (an 800-year old Yellow wood) . This  route takes you through the indigenous Tyumie forest and  includes the Swallow Tail falls and the Bridal Veil falls.  
  • Swallow tail top from Wolfridge road 
    (An easy stroll- 30 minutes)
    This is a shady walk that ends up at the top of the Swallows Tail falls, with a spectacular view over the valley. Can be a bit squeamish for those with a fear of heights (but only at the end so you can choose not to go and peer over the edge) To see the full tail you have to climb down further which is quite a strenuous endeavour. The walk to the Swallows tail fallsThis walk also has some places to sit and read or cuddle….

  • Kettlespout Falls
    Under the right conditions – good flow of water, with the wind blowing strongly in the right direction – the water is blown as much as 5 meters upwards before coming down in a spray of mist. A spectacular sight. Kettlespout Falls can be reached via several alternative starting points and routes, depending how long you want the walk to be.
    • Kettlespout to Tyumie falls & down (Strenous -Moderately exposed)
    • The Circular route  (An easy stroll with some mild rock scrambling),
    • Contour path  to Tor Doone, Fort Michel  (with a beautiful view from the top of Tor Doone) (tiring with some mild rock scrambling)  starts in the Arboretum opposite Redcoat
    • Kettlespout top path  (An easy stroll with some mild rock scrambling

  • The Three Hogs
    For a breathtaking view, climb the Hogsback mountains.
    Exhausting & only for the very fit  as it is very exposed




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