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

Beautiful and starting to green now that it's mid-May

Beautiful. Buggy in spots.

best place to bring our dog and have lots of fun!

hiking
11 days ago

Quiet and pretty. Nice length. So many of the NCC trails are under 4km.

Fair warning, the 'Winter Trail' portion across Hawthorne was still quite wet (standing water wet) as of May 5th

No dogs allowed but this said dogs were allowed. Made the trip and had to leave

Family favourite - great place to bring the dog.

walking
19 days ago

Great easy walking trail to just relax and look at the beautiful pines.

Very muddy in parts. We started at P21 and made our way to the bog trail which is really beautiful and allowed us to see lots of birds up close along the boardwalk. We started to make our way back via 53E however it was very muddy in the first 50 yards so we made our way back up on to the road. We look forward to going back and finishing that part of the trail when it is drier.

A bit muddy in parts, will need gortex lined boots to comfortably complete full trail. Almost no snow left,. Trail may get muddier in the next week or two because still some frost under the muddy parts.

Beautiful trail, a bit wet but very easy, mais que nous sommes chanceux!

Easy trail, fairly quiet, lots of birds

Really enjoyed it

Very pleasant.

Went on our first hike of the year and we're both beginners, had a ton of fun but it's still covered in snow. Some areas are very wet still, very fun beginner trail that was a good distance. Bring water!

j'adore y aller avec mon chien

Better for cross country skiing than snowshoeing but enjoyable all the same. River was frozen over well so we were able to venture out!

walking
3 months ago

This trail leads from the p11 parking lot. We walked the portion of this trail to the M26 marker. It was nice but the major negative was that the hum of the highway never was completely muffled out. Also, not as varied as the portion leaving from p9 and seemed to have more people. The power lines running through the middle of the trail aren't that nice either.

A nice bonus though is there lots of cute chickadees to feed!

It was mostly packed snow when I went. parking spaces were limited.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was great! We made sure to not walk on the Cross County ski paths(it was super easy to stay off their tracks), but still encountered a very unpleasant vocal skier . Being considerate and respectful goes both ways ☺️
Please remember it’s a multi-use trail!

Love this trail! So beautiful in the fall but just all in all a great trail to bring the dog! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a nice walk, not too long!

I wish the bridge wasn’t closed off to the public, it’s so intriguing!

Good 3 hour hike with swamps, forests, grassland, boardwalks, Canadian Shield, potential for deer (early morning). Hike through 2 west end NCC trails (NCC 23 - Old Quarry, NCC 24 - Stony Swamp) that intermingle with no roads to cross. Parking either from Old Quarry or Stony Swamp - whatever is preferable.

hiking
6 months ago

Some boardwalks across marshes through mixed forest.

paddle sports
6 months ago

Reading all these posts and complaints of the highway noise makes me think: did you buy a home in the east end and commute to work; how did you get to the trails. wow

hiking
6 months ago

Not a bad little walk. It had some pretty areas.It was a very close to the highway and the loud traffic threw off the experience a little.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice leisurely hike where one can see lots and lots of dogs! I’m not sure this is actually the Sarsparilla Trail though. On other maps it shows it as being next to Old Richmond Road, not here. You can even see it on the map board in the park.

Great place to walk or ski but eerily quiet.

7 months ago

It is a great and beautiful trail. I love the nature, I love Canada.

Nice trail but share it with too many mosquitoes

walking
7 months ago

Sadly, no part of this trail as marked on the map ever comes close to the creek. Also, there are power lines that cut through part of the trail. This is a simple nature walk through a small forest. It's close to the highway so you can always hear the traffic. Part of a trail for skiing in the winter.

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