No matter the direction, Prince George is surrounded by stunning wilds, waterfalls and northern landscapes. Whether you’re searching for a refreshing view during your northern road trip or hunting for your next Prince George day trip – there’s always a waterfall within reach and a trail to trek.
North. War Falls
Head north on Highway 97 and you can find War falls nestled away in Carp Lake Provincial Park. To access Carp Lake Provincial Park drive 140 km north of Prince George on Highway 97 and turn left onto Carp Lake Road. Once on Carp Lake road, drive 32km where you will reach the trailhead. Enjoy a brisk 15-minute walk in from the trailhead to hear the powerful roar of War Falls. At the falls there are railings provided on the staircase to get you down from the upper falls to the lower falls.
East. Kittil Falls
To access the Kittil Falls rec site, you must reach the McGregor Sande FSR (if you are using a Backroads Mapbook, it is simply labelled McGregor). Drive east from Prince George on Highway 16 to Upper Fraser Road. Turn left on Upper Fraser Road and follow it past the community of Willow River, Eaglet Lake, Upper Fraser and finally a single lane bridge over the Fraser River. Turn right at the junction after the bridge and drive for approximately 1km, then turn left onto Pass Lake Road. Follow this gravel road for 46km, then turn onto the McGregor Sande FSR and drive for about 9km until you see the Kittil Falls recreation site sign on your right, just before a small bridge. Use the wide path to hike to Kittil Falls.
East. Treebeard Falls
Treebeard falls is tucked away in Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park. To get here, travel 113 km east of Prince George on Highway 16, your turn off is located on the right-hand side of the road and features a large wooden sign with the writing “Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park”. To find your way into the falls venture onto the trail to walk among the giant 1000-year-old cedar trees while exploring your way to the falls. There are many trail options available so make sure to read the trail signs at the trailhead to map out your adventure!
South. Hixon Falls
Located just outside the quaint little community of Hixon lies Hixon Falls. To get there, head south on Highway 97 for 62 km. Take Hixon Creek Road, staying left for 4km. In 2020/21 the full road is not accessible directly into the parking area. The temporary trailhead has been moved roughly 3-5km back up the road, look for a cement blockade. 4×4 clearance to the temporary trailhead is recommended. The hike into the falls from the original parking area is about a 220 metre hike. Don’t forget to treat your taste buds afterwards with a bite from the infamous Hixon Burger Barn or the Roadside Donair food truck!
West. Greer Creek Falls
Although Greer Creek Falls is a longer drive from Prince George, the views of the falls are worth it! Rainfall in the area funnels into Greer Creek Falls and creates a larger waterfall. Viewing the falls after a rainstorm is sure to provide excellent photo opportunities. From Prince George, drive on Highway 16 west to Vanderhoof (99.5 km). Turn left onto the Kenney Dam Road which will take you past the Sai’kuz First Nation Village. This road is paved up until the main intersection of the Kenney Dam Kluskus and Telegraph Forest Service Road. Take the Kluskus Forest Service Road until you reach the 37.5 km marker. There will be a large gravel parking lot to the right. You can follow the trail (1.7 km) to Greer Creek Falls.