Explore the most popular hiking trails in Charleston Lake Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

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
3 months ago

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

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
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. :)

hiking
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 :)

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beautiful! Pay per car to get in but if you do more than one trail it's worth it!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

14.50 per person to use park.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

trail closed. $14.50 per person to hike.

14.50 per person to use park

hiking
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.

walking
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!

walking
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.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Good trail. took me about 4 1/2hours to complete.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

There are some beautiful lookouts over the lake and some interesting rock formations. Get the trail guide as this trail holds lots of history. I would say this trail is moderate not easy.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Went through this hiking trail as one of my first hikes. Nice trail with some inclines and declines in the pathway. Mosquitos were everywhere though which made it less enjoyable. Wouldn't recommend taking pets or elderly parents with you.

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 09, 2014

Great snowshoeing trail, lots of ups and downs for a great workout and nice views of the lake!

One of my favorite local trails -- 10km loop through Canadian shield. Climbs and plunges through mixed forest, along cliff-sides, down to lake sides, in and around beaver ponds, over exposed granite, etc. Fantastic lookouts, quiet wilderness camping.

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