Just south of Hinton, Alberta lies a treasure trove of pristine natural attractions to explore and discover. These gems are some of the area’s best kept secrets due to their secluded nature and quiet beauty. Ask a local where the best swimming hole around is, and they will likely point you towards Gregg River Falls.
Located 30 kilometres south of Hinton along Highway 40, Gregg River Falls offers a sparkling pool of cool, clear water amidst ancient rock formations in a quiet setting that makes for a fun and relaxing day trip. At this local favourite, the Gregg River takes a short drop, and you’ll find places deep enough to swim, as well as a shallow shoreline that’s perfect for just getting your feet wet!
Follow Highway 40 towards Cadomin, and keep an eye out for local wildlife – big horned sheep, grizzly bears and moose can be seen along this route. At 30 kilometres, watch for parking on the left side of the highway. Follow a short, rocky path to the edge of the river, and get set up for a few hours of fun!
The wide, flat rocks along the shore of the Gregg River are great spots for a picnic lunch – just be sure to load up on sunscreen, as you will catch lots of rays here! For an option with more shade, walk to the far end of the site where you’ll find some protection under the trees.
Feeling adventurous? It’s time to make some memories! There’s nothing like leaping off the rocks near the falls into that cold mountain water on a hot summer day. Splash around and spend some time relaxing under a real life waterfall! If you’re not up for a full soak, wade up to your knees along the shore. With a blanket, a good book, and – of course – snacks, it’s easy to enjoy a full day here under the sunshine from spring through fall.
Gregg River Falls is a great spot to bring the family, and four-legged family members are welcome here, too! There are no lifeguards on duty, so strong swimming skills are a must and PFDs are recommended for children.
There are no facilities at this spot – part of the charm of spending time in the backcountry – so come prepared to pack out everything you bring in, including your garbage. Garbage left behind is hazardous to the local wildlife, soil and water. Respect the area, take care, and have fun!