Spring 2021 Hiking Schedule:
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Once again it is such a disappointment to have to advise that due to the new Covid restrictions effective April 3, 2021, our Spring Hikes and Spring Nature Walks have now been suspended for at least 28 days.

We will continue to monitor regulations and as protocols change, we will advise you immediately when we can safely resume both schedules.


PLEASE NOTE ....DUE TO THE CHANGING COVID RESTRICTIONS WE WILL ADVISE THE STATUS IN PLACE AS OF THE APRIL 7 HIKE.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE TRAILHEAD, PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK AND CHECK IN WITH THE LEADER FOR A HEAD COUNT.

We appreciate your full cooperation as we try to enjoy ourselves during these difficult times while at the same time respecting Covid regulations.

Hikers will meet at the Trailhead at the designated time.

Social distancing is required while on the trails and wearing your mask is preferable.

Any questions/more details on directions should be directed to the leader of each walk. Please no pets, and during Covid, no guests.

If the weather conditions are unfavourable you will be notified by 9 a.m. the morning of the event so PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAILS.

PLEASE NOTE .....WE HAVE LISTED DATES AND LEADERS FOR THE APRIL HIKES ONLY – WE WILL UPDATE LOCATIONS AND LEADERS FOR MAY 5, 12, 19 and 26 AND JUNE 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Wednesday, April 7

Pine River - Kilgorie

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Take Hwy. 124 to Singhampton, Continue south on #124 for 21 kms. to Melancthon Sideroad.15. Turn left & park. We will convoy from there to the start of the hike.

This is a 3.1 km. mostly wooded scenic loop with some moderate hills, remnants of an old Mill, the Pine River and a fishing lake.

Leader: Robert Brand 705-444-2692 (text ony)

Wednesday, April 14

Trout Hollow Trail Big Head River

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Take Hwy. 26 west to Meaford. Coming into town turn left on Edwin Street (small sign to Beautiful Joe Park) look for Park sign on right and park in lot.

The trail leads us through interesting wooded areas and along by the river. Salmon fishing in season. Moderate trail , green trail approximately 6.8 km out and back. Picnic lunch optional by the river.

Leader: Noella Rusk email: noellarusk@gmail.com cell 705-816-6635

Wednesday, April 21

Pretty River Park - Lower

Meet at Trailhead
Start time 10:30 am,

Directions:Take 6th Street to 10th Line and turn left. Continue on 10th line south to Sideroad 30/31. Turn right and continue to large parking lot on left, from here we will proceed to roadside parking at the trailhead.

Mostly wooded, hilly, not rocky, babbling brook. Approx. 3.5 k., moderate difficulty.

Leader: Robert Brand 705-444-2692. (Text only)

Wednesday, April 28

Margaret Paul Side Trail

Meet at Trailhead
Start time:10:30 am

Directions: From Collingwood, take the Mountain Road to the roundabout, then Scenic Caves Road to the top of the mountain, and continue on to Banks. Turn right at Banks and head north on the 4th Line to the 18/19 Sideroad. Turn left and continue along the 18/19 Side road to the 5th Line where the walk begins.

Moderate difficulty; a rocky road at the beginning can make footing a little difficult, and there is a short steep hill at the end, otherwise the trail, largely through scenic woodlands and by a lovely stream is very gentle. Length of walk is approx. 4.2 k.

Leader: Rose Feaver email: rose@roseincollingwood.com – Cell 705-446-5204

Hike # 5 Date TBA

Walters Falls

Meet in Parking Lot of the Falls Inn
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Take Hwy 26 West to Cty Rd 40. Go left and continue on 40, up the hills, to the T- junction at the end. Turn right to Walters Falls and then go left on Victoria Street and right on Front Street to the end.

Take a 4.5 km loop hike up one side of Walters Creek and back down the other side. This is not a difficult hike but there are some hills so may be difficult for people with knee or hip problems.

Leader: TBA

Hike # 6 Date TBA

Hoggs Falls

Meet at Trailhead
Start time: 10:30 am.

Directions: Take 6th Street and Turn left on Osler Bluff Road and right on Grey Road 19
Turn left onto Grey County Rd 2 (signs for Fevershaw)
Turn right onto Grey County Rd 4 (signs for County Road 4) past Grey Road 13,
Turn right onto E Back Line 900 m Turn right onto Lower Valley Rd and follow Hoggs Falls signs to parking lot on left.

4.8 km loop, hills, moderate

Leader: TBA

Hike # 7 Date TBA

Old Baldy

Meet at Trail Head
Start Time: 10:30 a.m.

Directions:Take 6th Street to Osler Bluff Rd. Turn left and then right Grey Rd. 19, cross Grey Rd. 2, continue on Sideroad 9, jog left then right at 10th line, continue on Sideroad 9 through Duncan to 3rd line. Turn left on 3rd line, then right on Sideroad 7B, proceed to corner and park.

Easy 3.6 km.walk, great views over Beaver Valley.

Leader: TBA

Hike # 8 Date TBA

Siegerman Side Trail - Heathcote

Meet at Trailhead
Start time: 10:30 am.

Directions: Take Hwy.26 west to Cty. Rd. 40 ( Walters Falls road.) Turn left on 40 and left again on Cty. Rd. 13, drive through Heathcote. The next intersection is Sideroad 22C. Drive west ( right ) on this road to the next intersection the 3rd line and park on the side of the road.

Approx 3.2 km. loop hike, steep hill to start road allowance then gradual decline, one rocky section. Great views.

Leader: TBA

Hike # 9 Date TBA

Standing Rock Singhamptoon

Meet at Trailhead
Start time 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Take concession 10 or Hwy 124 to Duntroon Side Rd [formerly Simcoe Cty Rd 91] Turn Right and proceed to T- intersection (Clearview Osprey Townline) and turn right. Drive to the end and park.

Easy walk with interesting views.

Leader:TBA

Hike # 10 Date TBA

Kolapore Uplands

Meet in Parking Lot
Start Time : 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Follow 6th St. west to Osler Bluff Rd. (Grey Rd. 19,) turn left, and then right when 19 goes up the hill, follow to Grey Rd. 2 and turn left. Proceed approx. 1.5 kms., to Kolapore north parking lot on the left.

Approx. 4 kms.,mainly level, some rocks. Interesting 2 km. walk through woodlands, ferns, wildflowers, picnic lunch optional at boardwalk over stream, return along same path.

Leader: Robert Brand 705-444-2692.

Hike # 11 Date TBA

Mingay Tract - Creemore Nature Reserve

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time : 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Take Hwy # 124 to Duntroon. Turn left on Hwy 91 and continue along 91 for approx 2.5 km. Turn Right onto Concession Road 6 and drive along Con #6 or about 10 km passing Side Rd. 15-16 intersection on the way until you reach the T-intersection at County Road #9 turn right and drive 5 km to Concession #6 on the Left ( Road veers off suddently to the left up a steep hill).
Proceed to the parking area. Room for approximately 8 cars.

Leaders: Lois & Gary Cauthers ; 705-466-2272; email: glcauthers@rogers.com

Hike # 12 Date TBA

Boyne Valley Springs

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time : 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Take Hwy.124 south through Singhampton and Redickville to Dufferin Cty. Rd. 17, turn left, meet at east side of Hwy 124 ( stop light)

2.6 km. loop-hilly, not rocky. Very pleasant walk, views, streams and endangered butternut trees. Leader

Leader: TBA

Hike # 13 Date TBA

Bayview Extension

Meet at Trailhead
Start Time : 10:30 a.m.

Directions: Drive west on Hwy. 26 past Meaford to the St.Vincent-Sydenham Townline. Turn right and drive about 5 km., park on right at turn in road.

This is a lovely walk through forest trails with lookouts over Georgian Bay on top of the escarpment west of Meaford. Degree of difficulty: moderate, no hills, some rocky sections.

Leader: TBA

Spring Nature Walks:

These walks are planned to be easier and a little shorter than the hikes. We encourage anyone in the group to share their knowledge of flora and fauna and to bring binoculars or cameras along.

We keep our number to 10 participants and require you to register each week beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays for each walk.
E mail Marlene at dmesson@yahoo.com.

We meet at the trailhead at 10.30 and the walk is approximately one hour.

MAY AND JUNE WALKS WILL BE POSTED BY THE END OF APRIL

Wednesday, April 7

Stayner Lagoons E-Park

Take Hwy 26 towards Stayner. Look for Fernwood Farm Market on your right just before you get into Stayner. Take the next turn on the left which is Nottawasaga Side Road 27 & 28 . Continue on this road until you see the Clearview Township works yard on the right. Take the third entrance into this works area and keeping left go into the parking lot for the dog park .
We will meet here to start our walk at 10.30.
This is an easy walk on flat terrain. We will walk around a pond and view the water birds from the lookout. The Nature League raised money to contribute to the development of this Eco-Park.

Register with Marlene at dmesson@yahoo.com

Wednesday, April 14

Blantyre Conservation Area

From Thornbury take 26 towards Collingwood. It is short distance to County Rd 40{Walters Falls Rd} where you turn right. From Collingwood Take Hwy 26 towards Thornbury and turn left at Cty Rd#40, [Walters Falls Rd} which is before you get to Thornbury. Continue West on Cty Rd 40 for 17 1/2 kms, 4 stop signs, to Cty Rd 12, where you turn right and continue to Blantyre. Park on the roadside.

This is an easy walk through a field and bush into a conservation area. Great views toward Georgian Bay and Cape Rich. Marilyn Rutherford will be our guide on this walk. She was born and grew up on the farm beside the conservation area.

Remember to register with Marlene at dmesson@yahoo.com

Wednesday, April 21

Beautiful Joe Park Meaford

Take Hwy 26 to Meaford. Continue through the first set of lights and as you start going down the hill look for the sign to Beautiful Joe Park on the left.

We will meet in the park at 10.30 a.m. for an easy walk along the river and around the park.

Remember to register with Marlene at dmesson@yahoo.com

Wednesday, April 28

The Underwood and Black Ash Creek Trail

Take Birch, Oak or Hurontario going south to Cameron St. Turn right and go to the dead end of Cameron Street and park on the street.

This is a walk through a wooded area to High St. We cross High St to get to the Black Ash Creek area. This is an interesting walk through woods and beside the creek.

Remember to Register with Marlene at dmesson@yahoo.com