Reputedly named after a one-time local landowner in the Rossinver area, Fowley Falls is one of the best kept secrets of North Leitrim. As the Glenanniff river travels down from the mountain above, it has eroded the local blue limestone to form a deep river valley.
Unlike the more popular Glencar waterfall, also in North Leitrim, Fowley Falls is not a single-drop waterfall, but rather cascades in a series of drops over the exposed bedrock to form a spectacular torrent of water rushing through the steep valley towards Lough Melvin. In penal times locals gathered at the Mass Rock further down the river, and enjoyed fish caught close by.
The walk as natural as possible with narrow gravel paths, stiles made from stone drawn from the riverbed and minimum interference to the natural ecosystem. Rather than cutting back the hedgerows to give full views, windows were cut at various stages, or stopping points in the walk, where the walker could take in the best view of the river.
The extension to the walk is now complete and can be accessed near the Organic Centre. The total length of the walk is around one and three-quarter miles (around 3 kilometers). Visitors should be aware that it is not a circular walk.