Looking for a great trail near Waterloo, Ontario? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area or Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Monroe County Fairgrounds or Konarcik Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 16 easy trails in Waterloo ranging from 0.6 to 5 miles and from 990 to 1,282 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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muddy
over grown
2 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail but without a GPS it is super easy to get lost.

Awesome hiking without or with dog and biking trail

Nice walk, mostly along the river. Lots of wildlife to see

Fully paved, lots of on leash dogs, cyclists, and golf carts early on. Scenery and traffic gets better past the first half towards the end

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bugs
muddy
20 days ago

Would hike again... with more bug spray, long pants and better shoes. Also the evidence of frequent trail riders had me jealous, would love to hack it one day.

on Geo-Time Trail

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bugs
22 days ago

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blowdown
over grown
22 days ago

A little nugget of green on the far east side of Waterloo's Sunnydale neighborhood. The main trails between the trailheads (all off of major or residential streets, but well signed) are wide and level but the secondary trails are overgrown and hard to find. Some evidence of squatting and dumping and other sketchy behavior. The west side trail structures shown on the alltrails map don't actually seem to exist check google for comparison. Good for a quick jaunt if you are in the area but I suggest you don't go out of your way.

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over grown
22 days ago

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bugs
over grown
22 days ago

nice trail, overgrown so long pants, sleeves and bug spray are a must

on Petersburg Bush

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bugs
22 days ago

Nice groomed trail. Great for a quick dog walk or short walk/run. Easy for kids and strollers. Trail has many forks. I made a wrong turn down a path that led to nowhere but just backtracked and it was fine. I noticed many reviews complaining of dog poop but I luckily did not come across any.

hiking
1 month ago

I submitted and wrote the intro description but wanted to add 5 stars because I thought this was a great walk, in an area that no one seems to know about.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Did a somewhat outsized version of this today after doing the full Geo Time trail yesterday. The max northeast extent loop is very poorly cleared and blazed. Would not have found my way without a GPS phone. Very pretty forested area with a variety of biota unfortunately including stinging nettle although this was easy enough to avoid. lots of skeeters today although they like me. A couple of semi serious hills with nothing to grab so consider a walking stick and or good boots. Weirdly there is a fenced area deep in the woods marking the area for future development...?

hiking
1 month ago

A lengthy walk through westernmost Waterloo including a couple of high lookout points. Unique feature of this trail is a large series of plaques describing local geological features and geological history, including fossils and the remains of a kettle lake. Some of the trail passes through untreed areas or butts up against backyards, stormwater infrastructure or new development. The trail is variously wide and narrow, paved and gravel. Some slight elevation changes. Watch out for speeding cyclists. There are some areas of standing water and hence, skeeters.

This moderate, not easy, set of trails is dog friendly and mostly tree-covered. The Geo-Time trail isn’t too bad but the trails north of it have very steep hills and are mosquito heavy. It’s not the easiest to navigate so bring your phone, and you’ll need a lot of DEET bug repellent or a full upper body net.

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bugs
1 month ago

Dog friendly and not normally crowded, but the mosquitos are intense. Loose pants and an upper body net is what you’ll need if you don’t want to bathe in DEET (forget that citronella stuff) bug repellent. Long sleeved clothing won’t cut it; as soon as it starts sticking to you when you sweat, those skeeters will bite right through it. There are sections where the swarms get so thick they’re just ramming into your face, hence my body net recommendation. Also, if you’re terrified of snakes, skip this one. This is a moderate trail; the only thing easy about this place is getting lost. Bring your phone so you can keep track of your location.

Check out the reservoir pump house and spillway. I have lived near the reservoir for 20 years and never seen it from that side. There's also an observation tower on park land but you need to come at it from a public road on the north side. If you don't wish to or can't pay the entry fee, that's your decision, but don't complain about it; maintaining green space isn't free.

Beautiful hiking Loop. Very Lush and overgrown. The only problem was the bugs.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hidden trail! Its my escape close to home

nice open trails with mulch down, lots of 'off trail' areas however bikers go pretty fast down some of the hills so just watch for that

The neighboring cemetery is expanding southeast and access to the trailheads is not as obvious as it used to be but if you head for the trees you will find the signs quite easily. The furthest NW end of the loop is a mowed grass track and out of shade so be prepared for that in the heat of the day. This will give you an interesting view of the expressway... One the SE end there is a bridge over the creek which leads away from the main trail loop and into some secondary trails with a lot of evidence of mud biking activity. The Regional trail map shows evidence of the trail following the creek and passing under the expressway into the Bluevale neighborhood but closer inspection reveals this is a future trail.

$7 to get into Laurel Creek just bike the trails...

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bugs
1 month ago

Very nice trail but VERY overloaded with mosquitoes. Highly suggest you bring bug spray and lots of it.

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