Nature Trails Around Orillia

Fall walk

Six scenic spots to exercise your body and rest your soul:

  1. Simcoe County Forest on West St North, about 3 km past the mall
    • a 2.5 km loop with an extension down to the rail trail and a small creek
    • a wide dirt trail rolling through hardwood bush on the top of a drumlin
  2. Grants Woodlands on Division Rd, 2 km west of West St
    • a series of looping dirt trails, the longest being about 2 km
    • managed by the Couchiching Conservancy the trails are well maintained and guidebooks and maps are available at the start
    • look for the corkscrew tree.
  3. Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Area on Bass Lake Sideroad about 3 km west of Coldwater Rd
    • a 3 km woodland loop around a marsh with 4 observation decks on the water to view the wildlife.
    • gravel and boardwalk trails through marshy land
    • the Fish and Game club maintain a small collection of birds on view including swans, peacocks, wild turkeys and pheasants
    • the club asks that no dogs come onto their delicate ecosystem
  4. Scout’s Valley on the 15th Line just north of Forest Home
    • a series of loop trails on city owned land totaling about 8 km
    • dirt and gravel trails wind through hardwood and softwood forests with mostly rolling land but with one big slope
    • a viewing stand on the hill gives a view across Lake Simcoe
    • the pioneer “Regan House” has been re-constructed near the parking lot
  5. Ganaraska Trail a quarter mile north of and parallel to the Old Barrie Road stretching from the 12th Line to the Copeland Forest some 12 km away
    • the Ganaraska Trail is a continuous trail from Lake Ontario to Midland, maps are available
    • this beautiful dirt trail winds through tall hardwood bush up and down rolling hills
    • look for one of the best displays of trilliums in Ontario in mid-May near the 10th Line
    • the trail is marked by white slashes on the trees, one slash, go straight, two means turn
  6. Lightfoot Trail through Orillia’s parks system along the waterfront
    • If you haven’t explored this trail you can’t have lived in Orillia long! 9km of paved trail for biking, blading or walking along some very scenic waterfront
    • access it at Tudhope Park, Couchiching Park or at the start on Hughes Rd
    • I especially like the series of historical Orillia plaques along the route

Orillia hiking map
Orillia hiking map
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