The Ausable River Valley Trail (ABCA Section) is CLOSED pending the removal of dead ash trees along the trail.
Passable Hiking Trail - no Trailhead or On-trail signs
7101 Outer Drive west of Port Franks through ABCA’s ‘L’ Lake Management Area.
The hike from Outer Drive to Mud Creek and back is approximately 5 km and leads through the 139-acre Forested Dunes Nature Reserve, part of the 150,000-acre Port Franks Dunes & Wetlands Complex designated provincially as an Area of Natural & Scientific Interest (ANSI) and nationally as an Important Birding Area (IBA). The old Mud Creek pedestrian bridge which provided access from Huron St. in Port Franks was removed in 2011 due to safety concerns.
Well defined trails, gentle inclines. Hiking boots not required but trails may be wet. Suitable for beginners. Recommended for newcomers to hiking activities.
Generally on trail. May be hilly, light bushwhacking,some rough spots or obstacles. Boots recommended.
Rough terrain. One or more of extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams or other obstacles, rock scrambling. Boots, 3-4 km/hour experience and a high level of fitness essential. Long pants and sleeves recommended.
Trail is blazed with no trailhead sign.
Close to west end of Elm Tree Drive ('white' & 'blue' blazed). Parking lot is available
Trail traverses rugged terrain with gullies and steep forested ravines. 5 km of which half is ‘blue’ blazed & other half is ‘white’ blazed.
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Lambton Shores is blessed with 'Gems of Nature' on the northern fringes of the 'Carolinian Life Zone'. An area south of the imaginary line between Grand Bend and Toronto, this zone represents less than 1% of Canada's landmass, but is home to the largest diversity of fauna & flora species in the country. This small part of Canada in southwestern Ontario also has the highest number of species-at-risk in the country. Our 'Gems of Nature' are unique. They include miles of sandy beaches along the south-eastern shores of Lake Huron, bare & forested dune lands, fresh-water coastal wetlands, rare Oak Savanna, steep & forested ravines in river and creek valleys, remnant prairies of tall grass and wildflowers, spherical concretions or 'Kettles' in black shale beds, Brachiopod & Trilobite fossils of the Devonian Period. They offer sights of majestic Tundra Swans & soaring Eagles, amazing Flying Squirrels, beautiful butterflies & damselflies, endangered turtles & hognose snakes, fish & mussel species-at-risk, Sassafras & Tulip Trees. Then there are the unforgettable sunsets!
Developed Hiking & Mountainbike Trail System - has
Trailhead & On-Trail signs
9997 Port Franks Rd at the Port Franks Community Centre in Port Franks
This 570 acre Oak-Savanna & Carolinian Forest offers three trails respectively 3.1 km, 5.2 km & 6.6 km in total length from the Community Centre.
Developed Hiking & Bicycle Trails - Trailhead signs installed
1512 Lakeshore Dr. (Hwy #21) 10 km south of Grand Bend
This large 6300-acre park has kilometers of sandy beaches and an extensive network of hiking & bicycle trails through Oak Savanna. An entrance fee applies. Visit www.pinerypark.on.ca
Developed Trails - Trailhead and On-trail signs installed
and Trail Guide available
Boothill Rd from north & Vernon Rd from south near Village of Sylvan on County Road #7
The 367 acre property located in the Ausable River Valley (east side - just north of the bridge on County Rd #7) has a difficult 4.8 km and an easy 3.2 km trail loop through mixed Carolinian-Great Lakes Hardwood Swamp Forest, and a 2.2 km trail along the river - Visit www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca
Developed hard-surfaced Walking & Bicycle Trail
This 10 km multi-use and relatively flat trail runs parallel to Highway #21 from Grand Bend to the entrance of Pinery Provinial Park at 1512 Lakeshore Drive (Hwy #21). Interest has been expressed to build a 'Pinery to Port Franks Bikeway' also along Highway #21.
Developed Hiking Trail System - Trailhead sign installed
9984 Northville Cr. just off Hwy # 21 at the Ausable Cut Bridge in Northville.
This 32 acre road-side park on the Ausable Cut offers hikers a challenging 2 km loop trail over a high sand-dune - easy short-cuts are available.
Developed Hiking Trail Loop - Trailhead sign installed
7101 Outer Drive west of Port Franks
The 69 acre ‘L’ Lake site offers a gentle 1.5 km hiking trail through cedar wetlands and mixed Carolinian Forest.
1. Developed Forest Walkway 2. Railway Track-Lagoon
Hiking / Partial Bicycle Trail 3. Proposed 'green tunnel' trail along Railway Track to the Shores Recreation Centre & Coultis Park - no Trailhead or On-Trail signs
Rotary Civic Square behind the Library in downtown Forest
The formal 2.8 km (one way) asphalt Forest Walkway Trail leads south to the Esli Dodge CA. The informal trail along the old railway track and around the lagoons west of Forest provides a 4.5 return trip over flat lands. A 4 km return trip 'green tunnel' recreation trail following the abandoned Grand Trunk Railway track east from downtown to the Shores Recreation Centre & Coultis Park is under consideration.
Developed Trail System - Trailhead signs & markers
8680 Rock Glen Rd – Follow the Conservation Area sign from County Rd#79 just north of Arkona
This 67-acre gorge site has a 1.5 km hiking trail with steep stairways & a wheelchair-accessible overlook. An entrance fee applies - Visit www.abca.on.ca
All trails are blazed with no trailhead signs and few
Main Valley Trail – from Scout Rd. at 'Prairie Restoration Project' sign – from west end of both McDonald Dr. & Elm Tree Dr.
All trails traverse rugged terrain with gullies and steep forested ravines. The Main Valley Trail (11 km -‘white’ blazed) runs along the east side of the Ausable River. The forest is mostly oak, maple, and ash.
* Wear good footwear
* Bring water
* Read the Map on the Trailhead Sign
* Know your limits
Trails are recreational use only. Use at own risk.
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Blazed & accessible Hiking Trail Loop - no Trailhead or On-trail signs - trail is overgrown with poison ivy
9904 Nipigon St.in Port Franks - 0.5 km east of Port Franks Rd at Whatman St.
This extremely rare 37 acre ‘Dry Oak-Pine Woodland’ has a 2 km trail traversing gently on a sloping sandy terrain. The Karner Blue butterfly after which this Nature Sanctuary is named is extirpated.
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Two trails have been blazed, trailhead & on-trail signs
have been installed and unwanted ATV trails have been covered with brush to permit re-naturalization
In Ipperwash from the end of Richardson Dr. off East Parkway
The Carolinian Forest & Dunelands here cover over 500 acres and includes a 172 acre Nature Reserve owned by Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). The Dunes & Swales ('White') Trail is 5.5 km and winds through a Carolinian Forest of sand ridges and wet swales passable on boardwalks. A variety of wildflowers makes this trail a feast for the eyes in spring. The Cedar ('Green') Trail is 2.2 km and features many cedar coves A 4.5 km Beach Trail through coastal wetlands, dune lands and along the Lake Huron shoreline is under review pending agreement by lot owner.