Falls Detail: Second Falls Mary Pitcher is located approximately 500 metres up from Mary Pitcher Falls. It is formed by an upper section that cascades for approximately 15 meters and drops approximately 30 meters over this run, a predominant middle section dropping 20 meters straight down into a small basin at the base which into turns pours over a lower section of 3 meters before rushing towards the Big Salmon River.
The easiest way to drive to Mary Pitcher Brook is to drive out from Sussex Corner towards Hammondvale. Head east from Hammondvale on the Shepody Road until crossing over the small bridge spanning Felix Brook. A short distance later Felix Brook Road is on the right. From here to the dead-end is 11 km. The road is very rough in sections.
Visit Detail: This was our third attempt to see Mary Pitcher Falls and we were determined to see this spectacular falls. We arrived at Adairs Wilderness Lodge for breakfast and to ascertain information on the best route. I had a topographical map ready with two routes mapped out only to learn from Larry Adair that one of the routes was no longer used by vehicles and impassable and the other had a bridge washed out by a recent rain. He suggested taking the Felix Brook Road, which was an alternate route to the fall, but had no idea of its condition due to the rain.
Undaunted, we drove west on the Shepody road (gravel) encountering several washouts and sections that where rough. We stopped to look at the church and old graveyard in Londonderry marveling that there once was a small community here. Just beyond the church is the Felix Brook Road (N45 35’ 16.6” / W65 26’ 02.0”). The drive in was relatively easy with only one or two areas where we had to drive around or over large rocks. The road, twist and turns near the end in order to circumnavigate a few swampy areas and dead-ends just 100 meters from Mary Pitcher Stream.
Since I had the GPS coordinates for the falls we bushwhacked the 1000 meters along the east side of the stream. Making our way slowly southward and down we eventually emerged onto an old logging road that leads directly to the top of the main falls. From here there is a spectacular view out over the edge and back towards the upper section. There is a side trail leading straight down the escarpment and at points along the climb down the falls is immediately next to us. This aspect of the falls is remarkable because we could reach out and touch the falling water if we dared.