A delightful adventure walking a green wooded wonderland. No elevation to speak of made for a nice hike with my kids. The path meanders within view of the river, and there is one bridge crossing that you do twice that was a bit muddy, but not too bad.
The highlight and lowlight of the trip were at the same point... At the furthest point from the parking lot, there is a number of large boulders that are next to the road. The intent being to prevent snowmobiles from using the trail. There are also a couple of signs posted to this effect. Given that this was the halfway point, we decided to sit on these large rocks, situated in long grass, to have a snack. The highlight was discovering the multitude of wild Blueberries which we were able to pick and eat. Yum!! The low light was discovering the multitude of ticks that were on our legs when we got up!
. Grossness! Suddenly, my kids did not want to be out there anymore. We were all in shorts. We brushed off the vermin and were on our way.
As we did the loop (more of an 8 given the same bridge crossing twice) clockwise, our return trip was through a spacious lodge pole pine forest. So beautiful (except for the resulting tick paranoia. We did have to keep watch and brush off a few more on the way back). The way to the big rocks was mainly dense deciduous forest near the river. Lots of ferns.
We were going to do the entire loop, but ended up skipping a 0.7 mile extra section due to my kids extreme tick paranoia.
Ocqueoc falls is right by the parking lot, with paved access. As soon as you depart the swimming falls area, there are almost no people on the trail. I think we saw 2 groups of 2 people. A nice trail! Just wear pants and bug repellent! I can only imagine the game in the area. They are likely tormented by ticks. A local told me that while there were no ticks in the area 8 years ago, now every place has them. Sad.