Explore the most popular trails near Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
1 month ago

Hiked the full MTA two years in a row now as part of the mta el camino hike. Total 49km. Great trail with good blaze markers. Some elevation changes but still easily managed.

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2 months ago

nice change between sections and scenery - did approx 5 km doing the full loops but one can do shorter loops or sections

Great trail in a beautiful area! Lots of other trails nearby.

Loved this loop. Lots of hills and family friendly.

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4 months ago

Extremely well marked and maintained!

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6 months ago

nice trail but they need to add a few bridges for the muddy stops. we walked the yellow and blue trails

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9 months ago

A cold beauty today.

mountain biking
Mon Jul 16 2018

Absolutely love the section that runs through Falls Reserve. I've hit it every year since we've been camping here. Incredibly fun zipping through on the bike. Some sections really keep you on your feet! if you are hitting it on a bike, take the first drop cautiously!

Nice trail - easy to follow with a few hills. Shaded, goes down near north side of Harbour.

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Sun Oct 08 2017

This is a nice family friendly trail. The trail is very very well-maintained and groomed. It's not challenging at all you could bike it you could run it you could almost go on it with a road bike. Very pretty and and good views of trees leaves and some occasional wildflower. If you add the orange blaze trail (loop) this could be a 3 mile hike at least

This is a nice little trail with lots to see and fairly challenging. It is actually two trails, but can be done as one big trail.

This is quite a beautiful trail right along the river. Lots to see. This is not a loop so be prepared to walk back the way you came.

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Sat May 07 2016

This is a pleasant scenic stroll along the river with a couple of short variations. The White trail goes along the river. The Blue trail bisects the interior hilly wooded section. The Orange trail is a loopy wooded flat section. The Green trail is a cool little jaunt thru a pine forest. We started in the small lot by the windmill pond. Traveling counter clockwise we started on the Blue trail to the river (consider the Yellow variation as well). We then turned left onto the White trail along the river. At the intersection of the Orange trail we turned left and followed to the Green intersection. Turning left again we followed Green until the Blue trail and turned right to the parking lot. Total travel 4.02 km

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Wed Oct 07 2015

For the last 3 years the Maitland Trail Association has held an "El Camino" where participants are able to complete the entire 49km trail over 1 weekend. I participated in this year's event and the trail is fantastic! There are some elevation changes that will get your heart pumping but then there are flat forested sections along the river that offer gorgeous views of the valley. The trail only goes along road sections for a few kilometers, unlike a lot of other local trails where it seems you're walking along the road more than being on an actual trail. Overall, this is a must do trail!

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Thu Nov 07 2013

This very long, varied trail system is impossible to cover in a brief mini-review. The trail roughly follows the Maitland River and Valley, from near the town of Goderich to the village of Auburn. The trail only 'roughly' follows the river, because most of the trail runs along privately-owned land and requires landowner consents, so some sections have necessarily left the river and valley and run along the shoulders of public roads, and also along the edges of farmer's fields and bushlots in the general vicinity of the valley and river. Here I want to cover only the high points of the trail system (I've hiked almost all of the trail except the sections that follow roads). The section that runs from Benmiller and downsteam 5 km (through the Morris tract) is in my opinion the finest. The section through the Morris tract runs through some of the finest mature hardwood forest in the region. This forest (from the Morris tract to Goderich) is a small enclave of Carolinian forest, consisting of a mix of Hickory, Oak, Sycamore, and other tree species more commonly found in Ontario's deep south. This lower portion of the trail system also contains some rare outcroppings of bedrock, because the river has removed 10s of meters of Glacial material (clay, stone, sand, etc.) covering 99.99% of the remainder of the county. The section of trail just upstream of Benmiller runs through an area of forest that was almost flattened by the August 2011 F3 tornado. Just downstream from Benmiller the trail runs past 'The Falls' which is a favourite swimming, fishing, and camping area on land managed by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority. Near the portion of trail a short distance upstream from Saltford, (and just a few metres above the level of the river) are the remains of some historic salt wells, dating to the latter half of the Nineteenth century. If the river level is low (usually during summertime drought) some 'potholes' can be seen in the bedrock in the river bed. Close to the west trailhead (just north of Goderich) is the historic Menesetung Bridge, a heritage oak that sprouted in the 1700s, and Tiger Dunlop's (impressive) tomb, located on a high overlook near where Highway 21 and the (former) Guelph-Goderich rail line meet. I've only touched on a few things that (for me!) are high points, maybe you can add to what i've written!

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Sat Oct 26 2013

In my opinion this is about as close to perfect as nature trails get. I think it's good for everyone except wheelchair/severely mobility impaired persons. It's very easy to get to, with its access and parking area right beside highway 21. There's a trail map and information on the signboard (when I visited in 2011). The trail is easy and passes through a plantation of tall pine trees, through mature closed-canopy maple-beach forest, through wetlands, passes twice over a cold, clear stream on two bridges, through mature hemlock and cedar forest and wetland, along an old field edge, along an old homestead, and back to the parking area in a big loop. This trail is especially welcoming on hot summer days because most of it is deeply shaded in mature forest. For me, (a fit 43-year-old) it's an ideal length - not too long, and not too short. For someone eager for more, it's conveniently close to Goderich, with beaches and several other lovely trails. Enthusiastically recommended!

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Tue Sep 18 2012

The Maitland Valley Trail is beautiful, it runs along side the river.

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