Hiking

Be sure to spend some time in the great outdoors while you’re visiting. Explore one (or more!) of the 30+ hiking trails available for all ages and skill levels. From forested paths and riverside walks to historic railways and open meadows, experience the picturesque, outdoor landscapes that Huron County has to offer, all year-round.

Bannockburn Conservation Area

Difficulty: Moderate, some hills
Length: 1.9 km
Start: 76249 Bannockburn Line

The 2 km trail loop located on Bannockburn Line is home to six different natural communities: wet meadow, white cedar, deciduous forest, marsh, old field, and mixed scrub. Early morning walks reward hikers with sightings of deer, grouse, and numerous songbirds.

Courtesy of Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail

Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail

Difficulty: Easy to experienced, conditions vary depending on the section
Length: 127 km
Start: Several access points, visit the website for information

The Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail, or G2G, is a 127 km trail along the former CPR Railway line abandoned in 1988 and currently under redevelopment as a highly accessible public recreational trail for non-motorized use – walking, hiking, running, cycling, snowshoeing and skiing.

Hullet Provincial Wildlife Area

Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Length: 12 km of trails and 20 km of dyke tops
Start: Several access points off of Hydro Line Road and Conservation Road

Located along the South Maitland River, the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area consists of seven different coloured trails and dyke systems, each offering a large variety of ecosystems, wildlife, vistas, and plants that can be seen on the trails and viewing stands.

Maitland Trail

Difficulty: Easy to experienced, conditions vary depending on the section
Length: 48 km
Start: Several access points visit the website for information

Follow the 48 km trail from Goderich to Auburn along the beautiful, winding route of the lower Maitland River, including areas of ecological significance. Traverse narrow pathways and wide rambling trails, hike over hills and through forests, and wander past farmland, river vistas, meadows, and forests.

Sawmill Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2 km
Start: From Highway 21, just north of the bridge in Bayfield, turn right on Old River Road and proceed 0.5 km and turn right at Sawmill Road. The trail entrance is at the end of this cul de sac.

One of the Bayfield River Valley Trails, the 2 km Sawmill Trail features a range of historical and natural points of interest. Naturalists will enjoy the changing terrain, varied plant life, and the telltale signs of abundant wildlife.

South Huron Trail

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 8 km
Start: Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter or MacNaughton-Morrison trailhead at the end Hill Street, Exeter.

The 8 km all-season trail winds through the scenic Ausable River Valley between MacNaughton Park in Exeter and Morrison Dam Conservation Area on Morrison Line. The variety of trees, birds, and wildlife make this an ideal setting for nature enthusiasts.

Courtesy of Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Wawanosh Valley Conservation Authority

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3 km loop
Start: 38854 Nature Centre, Blyth

The Wawanosh Valley Conservation Area offers a scenic 3 km trail loop that crosses the Belgrave Creek, passes through meadows with hedgerow plantings, and down a steep hill to the cedar lowlands at the river. A boardwalk leads through the hemlock forest to the hardwoods and red pine plantation.

HINTS & TIPS

Planning to hit the trails? Don’t forget these items to ensure you are prepared.

  • Wear comfortable, water-resistant hiking boots, as some trails may be wet, particularly after a rainfall.
  • In every condition, hiking poles may add to the enjoyment of your hike.
  • Dress in layers for flexibility and comfort in any weather condition.
  • For longer hikes, bring along snacks or lunch.
  • The sun can be persistent! Wear a hat and sunscreen for proper protection.
  • Stay hydrated! Bring along at least 1 liter of water.
  • For a hiking route map, check out our Guides.