Explore the most popular hiking trails in Short Hills 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.

16 days ago

a good hike.

Awesome little hike!!! My brother and his girfriend and my wife and I along with my 4 year old daughter hiked this trail with relative ease! Some challenging terrain and many bridges! We were also fortunate enough to see a beaver (I think), a deer, snakes and other woodland creatures. Highly recommend! They also have a few bathrooms for the little ones who forget to go before you leave!

Most of path is covered in brush as it is under used and under regeneration

watch out for the horse flies. bring bug spray. go after rain, waterfall had no water

3 months ago

Hiked with my dog down the eastern leg and back up the western leg to the Pelham parking area. Lots of turns and some ups and downs but a pretty easy trail. Still some muddy patches so wearing boots is still recommended. Most of the trail is through the trees but there are a few open stretches; it was about 60˚F today so not too much stress on the pup. There's a few sections with a fallen tree across the trail, most were easy to hop over but a couple i had help the pup over.

Enjoyed the area! Came during the spring, so it was quite messy, but enjoyable :) I will be writing a blog post about my trail trek on thecaptainandhislady.com

4 months ago

We went for a hike in the short hills via the entrance off of Pelham road and did a 8.8km loop (we explored a little). It was April 8, 2018 and the hike started slightly below zero and finished slightly above zero. The trail was pretty muddy throughout, but manageable as parts were still frozen. Several bridge crossings and multiple waterfalls along this route. Fairly easy terrain. A little busy at the trail head and by Swayze falls, which were very beautiful. Fun for the whole family and the pup!

Amazing in autumn if hiking the bruce trail, but can’t imagine coming through in spring or during a wet summer. Combined it with Rockway Conservation Area for a full day

8 months ago

We hiked the left hand side of the Swayze Falls trail loop and returned by the middle trail as shown on the map. This was on a beautifully sunny November 27th with no wind but 3 degrees C but was a wonderful experience. It took just over two hours. Swayze Falls did have water in it despite it being late in the year and the waterfall (at the south end of the loop .. not marked on the map) was gorgeous with a bridal veil type falls dropping about 80 feet or so. I added a photo of the falls to the photos area.

Nice trail , as most of the short hill trails are. No very spectacular views tho if that’s what you are going for

9 months ago

This is a nice short hike for all skill levels ,our 3 and 5 year olds had no issues completing the loop.only issue was that the back part of the loop is closed for trail regeneration, so you end up doing most of the hike through a hydro field...

9 months ago

We did this trail with our daughters and German shepherd numerous times as its close to home, Our daughters are 5 and3 and both had no issues completing this loop.its a nice little hike . One of the nicest in the Niagara region

One of our favourite trails. Can be muddy if it's rained.

Great Fall and great fall colors....

nice trail easy access from end of wiley rd

One of my favorite trails, almost always see a few deer

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Lots of different terrain. Forest field water waterfall. Something for everyone. Rolling hills. Nothing steep.


My son and I hiked this trail in 2.5 hours. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We really enjoyed this trail.

i enjoyed the length of my hike however right now its pretty slick and muddy, a few nice views. i like st johns conservation area in fonthill quite a bit more just based on the scenery.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This was a lovely trail, but with the mild, wet January we have been experiencing, about 50% of the trail was puddles and muddy...I tried to leave all the mud behind, but may have smuggled some home on my pant bottoms and boots...

it was good.

great trail for starting out.

Great. Will do it again

Great trail for walking, jogging, biking and even horseback riding. Beautiful scenery. Some good hills to navigate. Lots of roots to watch out for.

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