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summer 2018 Map
13 days ago

Amazing trail! Love all the rocky outcroppings and crevices.

1 month 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.

Nov. 19,2018.
Good outing. Nice walk thru the wood.
There are several loops available to suit anyone’s needs.

2 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

There are several good viewing points on high terrain. I really like how the trail isn't laden with thick brush and you can easily identify markers to keep you on the path.

4 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!

Good trail, well maintained. The horse and deer flies were horrendous though. Took the dogs, no real spot for them to swim. No real overlook for the river.

5 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.

5 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.

5 months ago

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

trail running
5 months ago

This trail is about 5 minutes from my home. I have never run into people on the trail, I enjoy it for trail running! Great variety of terrain! Always lots of wildlife in the area!

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.

Great trail, I love the variations of things to see throughout the trail. Some nice spots by the water to take a break. I recommend going counterclockwise. :)

trail running
6 months ago

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

I thought it was a great trail with some beautiful sites. Parts of the trail were pretty rough. Lots of big roots and rocks all over the path. There were some parts were you had to climb. If you’re not careful you could definitely roll your ankle or something. Just have to watch where you step. Other than that, it was so beautiful.

Great walk/hike. Easy going for most part. Rock formations are beautiful.

Beautiful, quiet trail. Great for dogs too.

A great set of trails!Well planned with beautiful overlooks.Very few wet spots even after heavy rains. I have been across it a couple times this spring.Will provide a good workout.Quiet and pristine.Black fly season but still worth the time.

Good trail to view birds. Excellent wetlands. A little muddy but the boardwalks are cool.Traffic noise was annoying near Rt12 but back in the pines is great. Neat bare rocks and wonderful scents.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

Beautiful wooded terrain with good selection of trails

Great easy trail. Beautiful scenery.

The trail is mostly a mown path, which then cuts into the woods to circle back. The raised walkways are nice, but the whole trail seems randomly defined, necessitating more raised paths than if it had been more thoughtfully planned. I didn't find the trail exceedingly picturesque, but it's fine if you just need a walk in the woods.

This trail is fantastic in the height of summer and colors of fall. The terrain and flora are extremely diverse, from a stand of shagbark hickory, to little gorge-like valleys, to rocky overlooks, to hilltop maple strolls with cast iron-strewn ruins. The length of the trail is perfect for a morning or afternoon walk. Some of the trail gets waterlogged, so footwear with that in mind is probably a good idea.

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. :)

Saturday, October 07, 2017

We were camping at Charleston Lake Campground (highly recommend btw) and did this trail - it was awesome! Lots of beautiful forest and rocks. Well signed. Lovely trail :)

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.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Me and my Girl had a great time. Good workout. Defo worth checking out.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Super nice trail! Well marked with beautiful view of the wetlands and water. First half mile in for the short and long loop is grassy trail. Watch for snakes (gardeners) and frogs and wear high socks or long pants for ticks. Great lookout spots on the long loop and little inclines here and there. Little muddy in spots but nothing to navigate around. Would definitely visit this place again!

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