Published Date: November 20, 2014

Hitting the trails in Grey County

Hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors in Grey County. Leave the traffic behind and take advantage of our ever-expanding trail network. From the Bruce Trail to Grey County Forests, Conservation Lands and a wide variety of community trails, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for rugged terrain, amazing lookouts or family-friendly rail trails, Grey County has a trail for you.

Before you hit the trails make sure you’re well prepared. You’ll want to wear solid footwear and pack plenty of water, snacks, a camera and any available maps of the area. It’s a good idea to let someone know where you’re headed and how long you plan to be. If possible, bring along a cell phone just in case you get off track.

Choosing a trail that’s right for you

Grey County Forests

Grey County manages and owns 8 thousand acres of forest. In recent years, the county has been focusing on developing and maintaining extensive trail systems across these vast lands. While these trails are also used for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and cycling, they remain popular with hikers.  Trails within these managed forests offer great beginner and family-friendly hiking and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities.

The Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest footpath and over 250 kilometres of this legendary trail lie within Grey County, running mainly along the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail offers access to some amazing scenery and unique ecosystems. Be sure to stay on the trail and respect land owner agreements. The entire trail system is maintained by Bruce Trail Conservancy volunteers with three local member clubs overseeing Grey County trails. Consider becoming a member to support the continued protection of the Bruce Trail or join them for an introductory hike.

Conservation Lands

Both the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority and the Saugeen Conservation Authority own large areas of land in Grey County. These conservation areas span wetlands, managed forests and recreational parks, offering hiking, walking, mountain biking and nature interpretation opportunities. Grey Sauble manages Inglis Falls, Eugenia Falls, Pottawatomi, Bruce Caves, Feversham Gorge and Old Baldy while Saugeen Valley manages Durham, Allan Park and Kinghurst.

Community Trails

Towns across Grey County have embraced the value of community trails for connecting neighbourhoods and offering visitors a great way to explore the area. As a result, many rail trails – like the 32 kilometre Georgian Trail that connects Meaford with Collingwood – have become, well-maintained hiking, walking, and biking routes. Flesherton’s Walking Village is a great example. Hanover maintains an 11- kilometre trail system while the Georgian Bluffs Trail offers panoramic views of Owen Sound and Georgian Bay. The Trout Hollow trail, which follows the Big Head River in Meaford, is a popular hiking, fishing and dog-walking spot.

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