South Ram Falls & the Forestry Trunk Road


The forestry trunk road is a scenic gravel road, which follows the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies all the way from the Crowsnest Pass in the South to beyond Hinton in the North. Seemingly endless forests, meadows and mountain vistas are well worth a detour on parts of this road. It is only recommended in dry conditions. Note that many car rental companies do not permit driving on unpaved roads such as this and that there are no facilities along the way.

Many spectacular waterfalls are found in the Eastern Slopes and the South Ram Falls are among the best known and readily accessible.

The extensive foothills forests found in this region are vital to the water and climate management of the prairie provinces, storing enormous amounts of water and moderating the dry climate. Excessive logging and oil & gas exploration in the region are rapidly destroying this habitat and leading to ever more frequent and more severe drought and flooding in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Ram River is one of the most challenging rafting rivers but also considered among the best fly-fishing rivers in Alberta.

South of Ram Falls, Hwy 752 leads into Rocky Mountain House, making this a full day circular tour, returning along Hwy 11 to Nordegg.