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Top 10 Hiking Trails in Collingwood
Fall is a great time to get outdoors and explore; the weather is cooler and the autumn colours make for a lovely backdrop. There are many local trails for everyone from beginners who want a short, easy trail to experienced hikers who want more of a challenge.
1. Harbourview Park Loop in Collingwood
This easy trail is only 1.3 km and starting at Birch Street it takes you to the Georgian trail, Boardwalk trail, Harbour Centre trail and Harbourview trail and back to Birch Street. While this loop should only take about 15 minutes, it can get breezy along the water so dress warmly. Get a map online at http://www.collingwoodtrails.ca/HarbourviewLoop.html.
2. Western Circle Route in Collingwood
For the more ambitious hiker, try the Western Circle Route. This 16.2 km trail takes you along Memory Lane, Train trail, Hamilton Drain trail, High Street trail, Black Ash trail, Cranberry Inn trail, Harbourview trail and back to Memory Lane. Expect to take about 2.5 hours so don’t forget to bring water. Get a map online at http://www.collingwoodtrails.ca/WesternCircleRoute.html.
3. Inglis Falls
Inglis Falls is located just south of Owen Sound on Inglis Falls Rd, 0.5 km north of County Road #18. The falls can be viewed from the parking lot and there is a trail down to the bottom of the falls for an even better view. For those who prefer hiking on level ground, there are marked trails above the falls. With almost 7.5 km of trails, this makes for a nice family hike. Check out these great photos or http://www.day-trips.ca/content/inglis-falls.
4. Feversham Gorge Conservation
Located off Grey County Road 2 just south of the Village of Feversham, the Feversham Gorge Conservation area has a nice scenic 1.5 km trail. You’ll walk along the top of the gorge with stairs down to the Beaver River which runs through the gorge.
5. Kolapore Uplands Trail
Part of the Bruce Trail Network, Kolapore Uplands Trail has 9 km of trails that are of moderate difficulty. To find get there go west on Highway 26 from Collingwood, through Craigleith, past Georgian Peaks to Grey Rd 2. Follow Grey Rd 2 through Ravenna, south about 10 km. When the road finally begins to turn (to the left) slow down, the parking is on your left. It is recommended you get a map before exploring the trail you get a map. You can purchase one in Ravenna at either the Ravenna General Store or Little Ed’s Ski and Bike Shop.
6. Loree Forest Loop
The Loree Forest Loop is a moderate level hike that is 4.4 km. On this trail you’ll see great views of Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley, and it should be in full colour in October. To get there take Grey Road 2 to Victoria Corners, head east on 21- 22 side road for 5.2 km to the parking area. Follow the blue blazes on the north side of the road for 200 meters until it intersects the main Bruce Trail (white blazes) and turn left.
7. Pretty River Valley Provincial Park
Located south-east of Blue Mountain, Pretty River Valley Provincial Park has 6 km of trails on one of the highest points of the Niagara Escarpment. This hike is also part of the Bruce Trail Network and the Niagara Biosphere Reserve. Because of this, please stay on the marked trails as many of the natural features are sensitive and easily damaged.
8. Blueberry Plains
Blueberry Plains is a 4 km easy to moderate hike. A unique feature here is the sand dunes which have been set aside as a nature reserve zone. These dunes are rare and very fragile so please keep children on the marked trails. You can get to Blueberry Plains along River Road West in Wasaga Beach and follow the signs.
9. Spirit Rock Conservation Area
Located just north of Wiarton on Hwy 6, Spirit Rock Conservation Area has incredible views of Colpoy’s Bay. Children will love taking the spiral staircase to the shore of Georgian Bay. You can also explore the ruins of the “Corran”, a late 1800’s mansion. There are two short loops you can take. One will take you to the ruins of the McNeill Estate, while the other is a section of the Bruce trail which leads to the Spirit Rock Lookout. (Check out this map or
10. Harrison Park, Owen Sound
Located in the south end of Owen Sound, Harrison Park has a variety of paths for hiking. Paved paths running along the river, past the mini-golf course and playgrounds at the north end of the park are great for strollers and toddlers. Through the south end of the park there are packed trails that run through the forest, long the Sydenham river. There used to be a trail connecting Harrison Park to Inglis Falls but the trail is currently closed because of erosion issues.