A reader recently asked of me, the impossible. He requested a list of our top favourite trails. I explained that there are so many different reasons for liking a trail, that I couldn’t possibly choose any particular ones over the others. So, my solution is to provide lists of trails by their primary attributes, or why they would be our favourites in the categories that matter most to us. Of course, not every trail we’ve ever walked, would be on our list of favourites. Much like the Freudian expression “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”, sometimes a trail is just a trail. This posting will be updated as I issue new reviews which fit into one or more of these categories.
Trails with Easy Walking
Since our site’s name has the word “Old” in it, I’ll start by just pointing out the easily walked trails. Any trail review with the words “Rail Trail” in the title is gonna be easy walking. These are previous railway lines and they’re always flat, and wide. The Trans Canada, Victoria Rail Trails, K&P Trails, Lang Hastings, Doube’s Trestle, Hastings Heritage Trails, Lower Trent Trail, Trail of Two Lakes, and Haliburton County Rail Trails are all titled as such. There are so many of these that I can’t reasonably provide links to them all. If you click on this link, Map Locations of ALL Trails on this Site you’ll be taken to a page that lists all our trail reviews. From here, you can scroll down the list below the map, to look for the names of numerous sections of the trails listed above:
These have (or are entirely) wheelchair accessible trails:
Northumberland County Forest Carstairs Tract (3.2 kms loop trail with side loops up to 6 kms total)
The NCF Beagle Club Trails (1.0 Km loop trail)
Trails with Water Features
Alot of trails have water features of course, but these ones are highlighted by them.
Hastings Heritage Trail from Station St to Malone Rd Review (You don’t often see waterfalls on a rail trail in our area)
Trails with Lookout Vistas
Sheffield CA (You’ll work for this one)
Pickering’s Seaton Trail (You’ll REALLY work for these ones – though please note the plural “these” ones)
Trails with Wildflowers
Purdon’s Wild Orchid Conservation Area (This one is unbelievable)
The Dahl Forest Trail Review (Not flowers so much as incredible displays of mosses)
Trails with Boardwalks
There are lots of trails with functional boardwalks to get you over wet spots, but these ones have aesthetic purposes.
H.R. Frink CA & OEC (both across the wetland, and through the maple forest)
Trails with Bold Wildlife
Lynde Shores CA – A Winter Walkable (This one was phenomenal !)
Trails with forageable berries, mushrooms, nuts, wild asparagus etc.
HA! Like I’m gonna tell anybody where those are.