Uncover it Yourself! Twenty Valley
For history buffs, geography majors, photography nerds, story-tellers and adventure-seekers, the Town of Lincoln is home to a number of cool sights and sweet spots that are anxiously awaiting your arrival. Grab your camera, tie up those hiking shoes and start exploring!
Outdoor Adventures and Scenic Views
With a name that is prone to make a few giggle, this spectacular and scenic spot encourages visitors to explore nature, conservation and culture in the small Balls Falls settlement. Named after the Ball family, this 19th century hamlet features the original Ball home, an operating flour mill, a limekiln, a church, black smith shop, carriage shed and more. Head over to the Balls Falls Centre for Conservation and explore interactive exhibits that focus on nature and conservation in the state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified building. Then, discover the impressive view of the Twenty Mile Creek as it falls over both the upper and lower falls. Make sure to note the different layers of limestone at this incredible spot.
Cave Springs Conservation Area
Cave Springs Conservation is a geographical gem that will encourage explorers to seek the hidden ice caves and rock outcrops along the Niagara Escarpment. Spot wildlife and wildflowers in this whimsical wooded area overlooking Lake Ontario. This is not just any conservation area – according to cultural folklore, “the fountain of youth,” an unexplainable underground lake, mysterious rock carvings and more call Cave Springs Conservation home.
Nature Trails and Parks
No matter the season, outdoor adventure awaits in Twenty Valley. With over 400 km to explore, including the Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario’s waterfront, community parks, heritage sites and more, you won’t be bored exploring Twenty Valley’s outdoors.
Known as “Canada’s oldest and longest foot path, this popular trail that starts in Queenston Heights and ends in Tobermory follows the edge of the Niagara Escarpment as it makes its way through Twenty Valley. Hop on the Bruce Trail and immerse yourself in lush greenery, spot wildlife and indigenous flowers. Just follow the white markers to help guide you along the path.
Stretching over 740 km from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec provincial border, the Waterfront Trail is made up of interconnected trails along Lake Ontario. For an idyllic change of pace, head to Twenty Valley’s Waterfront Trail on Lake Ontario. Watch the sailboats float by with the Toronto skyline as the backdrop. Pack your rollerblades or bike, and zoom along the trail, better yet, bring a picnic and enjoy a light meal while listening to the gentle rhythm of the waves.
You’ve seen the sign “Entering the Greenbelt” many times, but what does it actually mean? The Greenbelt protects environmentally sensitive areas and productive farmlands from urban development. The Greenbelt protects 2 million acres of land, extends as far north as Tobermory and stretches 325 km from Rice Lake in Northumberland County to the Niagara River. The Greenbelt Trail goes through Twenty Valley, just look for the Greenbelt Walks signs and enjoy the largest networks of trails in Canada.
Twenty Valley Trail
The Twenty Valley trail is a short but scenic 2 km trail that starts in Balls Falls Conservation Area and ends at Lake Ontario, connecting with the Waterfront Trail. The local tip is to start the trail at the Jordan Historic Museum where hikers will climb a set of wooden stairs that join to the Twenty Valley Trail.
Take in Local Agriculture
Blossoms in Twenty Valley
It’s over before you know it, but if you are one of the lucky ones, you are able to witness Blossom Season in Twenty Valley. Mother Nature dependent, the blossom hit their peak the beginning of May. This short but sweet season entices both sight and smell, as orchards become a palette of pinks, while the sweet aromas of the blossoms entice eager onlookers to stop and admire.
Since the 1900s, the tender fruit industry not only boosted this town’s economy, it made this town a desirable tourist destination. The Town of Lincoln is home to more than 60 fruit growers that farm an assortment of fruits, such as apricots, cherries, peaches and pears, and totals approximately 2,000 acres of farmland. Fruit fans in the Town of Lincoln can buy the local fruit at a number of roadside farm stands. Visit Peach Country Farm Market June through October, Cherry Lane all year long. Hildreth Farm Market is open seasonally and Grand Oak is open all year long.
For fashionable finds, tasty treats, art galleries, home decor and more, the one-of-a-kind shops in Jordan Village, Vineland, Beamsville and beyond will have you shopping until you drop. Shop store-to-store while wandering through the local towns, as stores are located on main streets in each community. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of the many local cafes, and for dessert, visit a the nearby family-owned coffee shop.