Devon Battery Creek Ravine Hike is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Devon, AB that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The Town of Devon is the furthest point west in the River Valley Alliance Trail and Park system. The residents of Devon take pride in their community and the North Saskatchewan River plays a vital role in their everyday lives. Devon is home to some of the only accessible beachfront in the entire river valley system. It is just 15 minutes from Edmonton, and is a member of the Devonian Way Group, which is a group of tourism attractions and services that operate within 10 minutes of Devon. The region plays host to upwards of 750,000 tourists annually and is home to one of the best campgrounds in the region, which is located in the scenic river valley. This is a good nature hike starting from Devon. Parking on Oakland Blvd, you set out and find the trail head nearby. You begin to descend soon after entering the trail system and you will continue descending the entire length of the ravine until you reach the river valley. It is a pleasant walk on the way down as you are surrounded by trees and the sounds and sights of the creek on your right. There is wildlife in the area, including deer and coyotes, so keep your eyes open. You will also encounter other hikers, joggers and bikers on this trail, so keep your ears open as well. When you reach the bottom, you can enter the Lions RV Park and visit the riverside or get a drink at the office. The trail back up is a workout on a hot day, but enjoyable. You pass a dried out creek bed and many different bike path features on the trails. You can stay on the trail and head straight out, or you can detour up to the abandoned Imperial Plant and walk the fence line. There is a pair of nesting hawks up by the plant site, so I went that way. In addition, the plant itself makes for some interesting photos. There does not appear to be a way around the fence, so I headed back onto the trail to get back to the residential area again. This was an enjoyable hike overall. Make sure to spend some time at the bottom of the trail and enjoy the river.