Bride’s Pool Waterfall – Fast Facts
Not Including Breaks
Bride’s Pool Waterfall in Hong Kong is a must have off the beaten path experience. Located near Tai Mei Tuk, in Plover Cove Country Park, this nature trail is about a 1.5 hour journey from Hong Kong Island (by public transit). In spite of how long it takes to get here, when you’re splashing around in this refreshing waterfall, you’ll certainly feel the effort was worth the reward. If you have any questions about this waterfall hike experience, feel free to leave us a comment below.
A word of caution: There is no trail that takes you directly to Bride’s Pool Waterfall. Therefore, you will have to climb up the slippery stream bed in order to reach the falls.
You best know your own skills and capabilities. So, if you don’t feel comfortable traversing slippery rocks while water is rushing below your feet, we recommend you don’t attempt to venture to Bride’s Pool.
With that said, if you do feel confident in your abilities, read on! Below is all the information (and hopefully inspiration) you’ll need to experience Bride’s Pool Waterfall on your own.
If you’d like a bit of guidance on this route, click below, and we’d be glad to show you around.
Why is it Called Bride’s Pool Waterfall?
Local legend says that a bride was being carried in a sedan chair across the falls on her wedding day. When one of the men carrying her lost his footing, the bride fell to her death in the pool below. While the legend is not necessarily true, it is true that if you are not confident in your abilities to navigate the slippery terrain in this area, you should consider another less risky waterfall hike such as Ng Tung Chai waterfalls.
What To Bring
If you’re confident enough in your stream climbing abilities and you’re coming here with a baby, you’ll definitely need a baby carrier. We love this baby carrier, and we highly recommend it.
You will also need footwear suitable for climbing up the stream bed. We simply used our trail running shoes and just let them get wet. But, water shoes or hiking sandals will also work.
Make sure you also have some swimming attire, as well as ample drinking water. We recommend 2 liters per person. Also, bring a few snacks, and you should have just about everything you’ll need to enjoy the Bride’s Pool Waterfall.
As an aside, there are some restrooms near Parking Area #2 (see the map below). You can buy some beverages from the machines there and even fill your water bottles.
Getting There and Getting Home
While Bride’s Pool Waterfall is quite far away from Hong Kong Island, it’s also quite easy to get to. We recommend you take the MTR to Tai Po Market Station. Then, take a taxi to the Bride’s Pool Barbecue Site (in Cantonese it’s 新娘潭燒烤場).
If you want to take public transit the entire way, from Tai Po Market Station you can hop onto the 20R green minibus. It will also take you to the BBQ site.
Ultimately, Google Maps (Android / iOS) or City Mapper (Android / iOS) will give you the most up to date transportation options. If you have a car, you can drive to Bride’s Pool, and there is parking near the falls. The parking lots are on our map below. If you go on a weekend or public holiday, make sure to arrive early (by 8AM) to ensure you get a parking spot.
We recommend taking a taxi or Uber to the nearest MTR station. That’s what we did, and it worked perfectly.
Difficulty, Duration, Distance
Bride’s Pool Waterfall
The most difficult part of this entire waterfall hike at Bride’s Pool Waterfall is the stream climb. And, doing the stream climb is the only way to get to the base of the falls.
Again, if you are not confident you can make the journey, don’t attempt it.
Looking at the map below, follow the red dots to get from Parking Area #1 to the base of Bride’s Pool Waterfall. This is about 0.3 km.
If you don’t want to do the stream climb, you can view the falls from the top via the Bride’s Pool Viewing Point. Again, from Parking Area #1, this is about 0.3 km.
Be careful however. People have slipped and fallen to their death from this viewing point, so do not go anywhere near the edge.
Chiu Keng Tam Waterfall
An easier option in this area is to skip Bride’s Pool Waterfalls entirely. You can instead head over to Chiu Keng Tam Waterfall instead. To do so, start at Parking Area #1, follow the red dots, and then follow the green dots to the right. This is about 0.5 km.
While this waterfall is not Bride’s Pool, it’s equally as beautiful. And, there is a path that leads right to it. The path is moderately difficult. From the parking lot, at a moderate pace, it only took us about 20 minutes to get there. However, swimming at this waterfall is not suitable for children, as it is somewhat difficult to enter and exit the water.
Once you’re near Chiu Keng Tam Waterfall, there is a small fence you must climb over, but it was quite easy. Of course, you will have to climb back over the fence once you’re done experiencing Chiu Keng Tam.
We also checked out Mirror Pool, but since it is quite overgrown, we ultimately felt it wasn’t worth the effort to get there.
While it is possible to navigate this route using Google Maps, we highly recommend you use Guru Maps (Android / iOS) instead. The map data on Guru Maps is much better for this area. In fact, the map below is from Guru Maps.
Furthermore, if you download Guru Maps, you can get all of our waypoints into your own app by clicking on ForSomethingMore’s Bride’s Pool Waterfall Guru Maps Data, downloading the GPX file to your phone, and then using the Guru Maps app to open up the file! Alternatively, you can download the GPX file right from the map below, and then open it on your phone using the app.
Bride’s Pool Waterfall and Beyond
If Bride’s Pool has simply whet your appetite for the waterfall scene in the New Territories of Hong Kong, you should definitely check out Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls or the waterfalls at Ping Nam Stream. If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to drop us a line below, and we’ll get back to you in a flash! Happy hiking!