Falls Detail: Clarendon Brook Falls I is yet another of New Brunswick’s drive-by waterfalls located along side highway 101 in Wirral, a small hamlet located between Hoyt and Welsford. Clarendon Brook flows easterly from Queens Ridge and associated highlands to Wirral Lake and then into Back Creek, which is part of the Oromocto River watershed. Over time the brook carved a series of waterfalls as it tumbled over the underlying bedrock. At this point the brook engraved a natural bowl at the base of the first drop and then flows through a narrow notch dropping again to cascade and careen over and around a series of boulders scattered further down the brook.
Visit Detail: Not knowing there was a path on the north side of the ravine I scrambled down the south side to the brook and then across. The ravine is well shaded and on this visit I could feel the late summer coolness in the air. The ravine is scattered with large boulders from the base of the last drop for approximately 50 meters. The brook passes under route 101 via a large concrete culvert. I wanted to photograph the falls without the culvert. To achieve this I climbed up and over several of the large boulders to the base of the falls. There is a large boulder in the middle of the brook that provides a strategic location to take pictures.