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We did about 2.5km of this trail and made it as far as the old military radar tower. Beautiful scenery and trail was not difficult at all. Our kids came with us and enjoyed it as well. We plan to see more of the trail soon.

Great hike - lots to see and moderately challenging.

Great winter walk/hike.

hiking
29 days 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.

Loved this trail! Well maintained and many different trails to choose between, depending how long of a walk you want:) we found a bunch of geocaches along the way too!

hiking
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

Nice easy trail. Overall flat trail, good for a family outing. Plenty of lookouts and places to stop. I went on a weekday afternoon with my dog and it was very quiet and peaceful. Entire loop with stops took under an hour.

walking
2 months ago

Really awesome scenery and stone work ! Don’t buy the hot chocolate from the vendors it’s not good

2 months ago

Gorgeous in the Spring, around Mother’s Day, to see thousands of trilliums and other spring flowers.

Bring bug spray

walking
3 months ago

Quite lovely. Nice walk along boardwalk to the grove. Saw some garter snakes warming up in the sun. Will come back in summer when nut trees are in full leaf.

I did this trail with my dog on a Thursday morning. It was very foggy out and we only ran into one person (also with a dog) on the entire trail. I hiked from the Lauriault Trail to the Waterfall Trail, down to the waterfall, then through the tunnel and back to the parking lot via the Mulvihill trail. The entire loop took less than an hour and half, walking slowly and stopping to take lots of photos. Beautiful foliage this time of year! Definitely wear boots as there are many wet areas along the trail. If I do this trail again, instead of taking the Mulvihill trail back I will detour through the Mackenzie King Estate. Highly recommend!

Well maintained system and facilities, even in mid October

Fun walk with our dog!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, great views for pictures

A fun hike though the Forest. It was cool in that part of it follows the Rideau Trail for a while so you get to follow the orange blazes. Bring Bug repellant in the summer.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy loop - took about 30 to do it - so I pooped twice to make it a nice hour long. Great views up top. I’d say easy to easy intermediate. Go early as it gets busy around lunchtime.

hiking
4 months ago

A really nice hike with views of the Rideau River and a bridge. Highly recommend for the family!

hiking
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!

Clean and well taken care of trails. Well marked, flat with good look outs and spots for the dogs to take a dip.

Worth checking out if you want a scenic yet easy coasting Trail. The lookout is worth the time and the waterfall is beautiful. There are some interesting aspects to the layout of the trail which make it enjoyable.

Beau parcours !!

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail but it is best to go left at the fork to give yourself a good challenge and save the view/lookout for last. We did it the opposite way and thus it was mostly downhill!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

Great views!

trail running
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Great loop trail with lots of rocky outcroppings with views of the surrounding hills , river, lake, and Ottawa skyline in the distance.

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