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

on Beech Woods Trail

1 month ago

Fun with all the kiddos! Pretty trail, but eaten alive by mosquitoes!

2 months ago

Tallow Rock Trail 2.0
With no snow on the ground I decided to hit this trail again and it did not disappoint. As per this time of the year boots over sneakers are a good idea and the ground cover was very slippery and somewhat wet. The bridge is still in so I was able to complete the entire loop again, and was able to take the side trail to Covey's gap to the look out. What I call the second portion of the trail from the beach was very icy as it was low and flat. This shorter trail has less hills and less strenuous but I had to take more caution. This is the trail used my most families and dog walkers. Still hoping for snow to snow shoe.

One of the best trails around the area ! We go every year :) always super busy on thanksgiving weekend , but other then that it’s a must see trail ! Best with the fall colours

3 months ago

To date my most favorite hike. The provincial park was closed so there was no fee. You park at the gate and walk a short distance to the discovery centre where the trail head begins. After walking over some nice boardwalks you can then pick your trail. The Quiddity, a short in and out 2.4 kms or the Tallow Rock East or West. I took the east and have to say I was not disappointed. The entire trail was very well marked. Lake views, forest, beaver damns, as well as beautiful little bridge that linked 2 islands. The Tallow Rock loop is 10k but as suggested I took the Bachs look out detour. The highlight of the hike. The views are def worth the extra 1.5 k. It was a great place to lunch and rest for the remaining 5 k. Next major stop was Hollow Rock bay, a picnic area, porta potty and what looks like a sandy beach. Just beautiful. The remain 4 kms are meadow and forest. No water views. I hike for exercise and this was pretty much just a flat walk out through the forest, but given the length of this trail and the constant up and down it was a nice easy walk. I cannot wait to go back

A great hike! Not marked particularly well, considering the trail was covered in fallen leaves, but still easy to follow.

5 months ago

We hiked the east leg first with several stops for scenic lookouts and a ~1.5km detour up to Bach's Lookout (which was WELL WORTH the effort!) This made our overall hike 14.4 km from the Discovery Center.
I agree with a previous commenter that the east is the best way to begin. A little technical at first but you're nice and fresh, with a lovely gradual descent on return.
I loved the diversity of flora and geography we were treated to! What stunning landscapes. Trail was very well marked and despite a mega storm the night before, wasn't mushy at all. A surprising lack of bugs. Perfect hike!

Great trail for trail running and biking. fairly technical for biking though. It can be closer to 14k if you make the trek over to Eastern Waters on Charleston Lake by Huckleberry Hollow trail. Huckleberry Hollow trail is an out and back.

6 months ago

Lovely hiking trail. A couple really scenic lookouts and lots of different types or terrain, from swampy areas to deep forests, dry rocky surfaces, etc. It is quite a difficult hike due to its length (10km) and some good climbing but all worth it. We started from one of the interior camping sites and stopped for a swim halfway.

6 months ago

This trail is a long one, but perfect on a sunny day. The bugs weren’t overly bad either. Lots of rocky terrain, a few bridges, and a small beach along the way. Definitely bring water and running shoes for this hike. Took 2.5 hours to complete the full 10km’s.

6 months ago

My favourite trail. The terrain is diverse which keeps it entertaining and the views are great!

Nice trail. Only in the sun for the first kilometre and at the peak. it was buggy even in July so I'd recommend some bug spray.

Nice easy trail, I've done it twice, one with a friends toddler and 4 year old. A nice easy hike with parts skimming the shoreline.

trail running
7 months ago

Nice spot for trail running. 11 km loop and 300 m of positive gain from the parking.

It is a great trail with a beautiful view from the top.

Great nature hike. 80% of the time you're in shade, just the beginning of the trail and the peak are in sun. Lots of bugs especially in the shade, bring spray (or an essential oil blend of coconut oil, melaluca, lavender and peppermint.) No facilities.

first hike..loved it

Was fairly buggy! Walk in was about 20 mins to the trail start.

Beautiful hike. Well maintained and a good work out.

Beautiful hike, took us 1hr 30mins on the way in and 1hr on the way out. We went may 14th, 2018 and the bugs at the top were vicious if you stood still for too long. Bring some bug spray for the top. The rest of the hike was great while you were moving.

10 months ago

Perfect trail for a Sunday afternoon. No bugs. If you go outside of the regular season, there's no charge.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Fun hike over Thanksgiving weekend!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

We were camping at Charleston Lake Campground (highly recommend) when we decided to do this trail - it was AMAZING! Lots of beautiful forest and rocks and water on the way up, and at the top there's an absolutely breathtaking Lookout/view of the bay! It was definitely a moderate-difficult hike, but well worth it. :)

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Trail was well marked and easy to follow, even with all the ups and downs. We took the east trail, going towards Slim Bay Bridge, and what we observed this was the easier direction around the loop, and greatly suggest it.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nice trail - lots of different terrain with several interesting look off points. Quite a bit of elevation gained and lost so a good workout over the distance. It would be very buggy in the warmer weather - some real swamp areas to traverse. A couple of good places to go swimming if you're inclined - bring a suit, not private enough to skinny dip :(

Met a 6' long Black Rat snake en route as well as an unaccommodating porcupine. We diverted off the trail for him.

Trail is well maintained and marked but it is narrow in places and a bit treacherous with rocks and roots. I recommend proper footwear and sufficient fitness.

Current (2017 Fenix 5 Sapphire) GPS technology put this at 11.2 km and 341m elevation gained for what that's worth.

Downside is area is frequented by motorboats so it can be noisy.

We stopped a few times and diverted to Slim Bay picnic site for a break - all in,

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Just spoke to Park staff and trail is now reopened to Tallow Rock. Bridge repaired.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

trail closed. $14.50 per person to hike.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Bridge was removed so trail was closed July 23rd 2017. You could cross with a canoe and do the hike. This trail is part of Ontario Provincial Park so 14.50$ day pass fee is needed unless you camp at the campground.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A nice trail, with interpretative panels about the animals that live in the woods (we didn't see any unfortunately!) and the trees that grow here. I like how the woods seem fairly mature with not too much scrubby undergrowth at first and then you move into a different area with grass growing between the trees. Pretty and good for kids. Watch out for bugs though!

Monday, July 24, 2017

My family and I really like this trail. Lots of nice Canadian shield, walking through rocks and over roots, nice views and the ground has a soft spongy feel from all the needles and moss. Great for kids and really close to the campsites.

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