The 2013 flood damaged several day use areas in the Elbow Valley including Allen Bill, Elbow Falls, Cobble Flats, Forgetmenot Pond and Nihahi Trailhead. Alberta Parks has given notice that they plan to repair and upgrade these facilities starting this fall, with construction continuing through the winter to June 2017.
- In general, the day-use areas will be cleaned up, new trails constructed where necessary and picnic sites added and refurbished. There are, however, a few significant changes.
- The Fullerton Trailhead will be moved across the road from Allen Bill Day Use with a gravel parking lot for 90 vehicles. There will be a washroom and garbage facilities near the trailhead kiosk.
- At Elbow Falls Day Use the picnic sites will be removed and a bus only parking area created.
- The access road to Cobble Flats will be repaved and the picnic area capacity increased to help counter the removal of picnic sites at Elbow Falls.
- Nihahi Trailhead (formally Little Elbow Trailhead) appears to be the new name for the parking lot between Forgetmenot Pond and Little Elbow Campground. The main parking area will be paved and will hold 76 vehicles. A separate equestrian parking area will remain gravel. The access roads to the parking area and the campground will be modified.
Check out the design plans at Elbow Valley Flood Projects Design. You can also view the 2012 Kananaskis Country Provincial Recreation Areas Management Plan.