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This trail might be the easiest in the area for persons with mobility impairments (wheelchairs, etc.). It is very convenient to (it's in the middle of Goderich) and there's lots of parking. This trail is good for introducing people to tree identification and nature - there is a large variety of tree species along the trail and many of them have identifying signs. On hot spring or summer days this trail is a nice one, because most of the trail is shaded and there are no hilly or rugged areas. The 'forest' the trail runs through is mostly relatively young, have been planted (in the reforested sections) or naturally sprouted in old fields. There are (perhaps) 10 or 20 acres of mature forest near the east (north) parking area. In summary, this is an easy, appealing trail that runs through a good variety of forest habitats, and is great for learning about trees and nature or just enjoying nature. The trail is very clear, well marked, and is suitable for everyone, especially the very young and very senior.
The white trail is a favourite of mine and deserves to be more popular - I've hiked some segments of the white trail more often than any other in the area. Anyone who has already hiked the nearby Maple Bush trail and has enjoyed it, should hike this one also. The section that runs north from the conservation road parking area (in the middle of the wildlife area) is the best, in my opinion. This is a good trail for nature lovers because it is "birdy" (in other words, has more birds than most) and runs through just about every natural habitat in the area.
The best thing about the white trail is that it connects with an unnamed and formerly maintained trail that runs through a wonderful tract of mature, closed-canopy forest of Maple, Beach, Ash, Cherry and Hickory trees. If you hike north from the Conservation Road parking area (parking area 40589) for about 800 metres, you'll find (at the end of a field) that the trail takes a sharp 90-degree turn to the left (west). Instead of following the white trail, proceed straight ahead, into the mature forested area. At the point where the mature forest ends, when you enter a low, wet area, you are now following a canal (out of sight on your right) and this stretch of trail (because it is no longer maintained there are waterlogged areas and branches occasionally blocking the trail. But the area is very rich in wildlife. The trail ends at Summerhill road.
This is the one trail in the wildlife area (I've hiked all of them) where rubber boots are almost essential at almost any time of year. There's a section of the White Trail near the Wildlife Line parking area (number 81044) that is permanently waterlogged.
This is a great trail, it's highly recommended. There's a very steep section in the middle of the trail halfway between Wildlife Line and Conservation Road. Don't forget those rubber boots and your childlike sense of wonder.
This trail is rarely hiked outside of the hunting season. There's a large horse event in the middle of the summer (July or August) so there could be horses in the area.
This trail deserves to be better known and hiked more often. The portion nearest the parking area on Front road is fairly rugged, and evidence of the Wisconsin glaciation - with steep hills and several large granite boulders dotted here and there - is obvious. The trail passes through fairly young forest (circa 50-70 years old) then through some old fields, past a wetland area with a small lake, and extensive tracts of mature closed-canopy maple-beach forest. The terrain is constantly varied and interesting, and - for me - it's the lovely mature forest that makes this trail so enjoyable to hike. When I hiked it in early October 2013 (after an unusually wet summer and fall) the mosquitoes in the wetland areas were very bothersome, and I was thankful that I was wearing rubber boots. The trail is moderately difficult, because it is rugged in places and wet in others. Fortunately it's well marked, because trail maps can sometimes be hard to findThere are others, and near the power line corridor, a connecting trail leads south about 2/5 mile south to the parking area beside Hydro Line road. All in all, a nice trail that I can enthusiastically recommend.
This is a arboretum and nature trail located on a private golf course. Admission is free and there's lots of parking. The trail is poorly marked and is obscure in many places. The 'trail' begins by passing through a wide "avenue" with young specimen trees (this is the main part of the "arboretum" and contains perhaps 30 or 40) dotted apparently randomly here and there, identified with wooden species signs under each tree.
At the end of the "avenue", a picturesque arch bridge and trout pond is visible. Cross the bridge and pick up the trail which continues to the left just beyond the bridge. Pass a massive maple, through a plantation of large pines, pass an old A-frame cabin, (move off trail to the right to see some specimen trees), and reach an old rusty fence along a shaded, boggy bottom. The trail continues to the right, through some mature Maple/Beech/Hemlock forest. Keep your eyes peeled for more specimen trees here and there. The 'trail' passes an exceptionally tall Eastern White Cedar. (probably among the tallest specimens in the province, if the current record can be believed) Not far beyond the cedar, the trail reaches a wide fairway. The trail continues through a mature Maple/Beech forest on the other side, and (apparently) comes to and end after about 200 metres.
The Arboretum is interesting, containing lots of native tree species and several exotics, including (among many others), a thriving Douglas-fir and even a Frazer Fir (unusual!) which is alive, but not doing as well as the native Balsam Fir beside it. It is undoubtedly a good local educational resource for schools and families. But it suffers from neglect. Many signs are (apparently) missing, and at least two trees are apparently misidentified. Moreover, a few signs make identification difficult because sometimes a cultivar/variety name is given without the name of a species, and in at least one case a genus name is given without a species. Sometimes the popular name given on the sign differs from most book references. And sometimes there is no Latin genus and species name given. The arboretum includes a columnar English Oak, but no variety name was given, which could confuse beginners, who might wonder about its tall, skinny non-oaklike form.
Despite my criticisms, this is an interesting and enjoyable trail, it was very worthwhile to visit in late October, and I would love to visit again in late spring when new leaves are on most of the trees. Its rich, varied landscapes should be good for birdwatching. I'm thankful it's close to my home, and thankful that it's owner generously encourages people to visit.