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Elgin Trail: Southdel Drive to Port Stanley

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Central Elgin, Ontario

Elgin Trail: Southdel Drive to Port Stanley is a 25.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Central Elgin, Ontario, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 25.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,312 feet Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

over grown

Henk Zwijnenburg PHONE: 519-631-6654

hiking
bridge out
muddy
off trail
over grown
washed out
18 days ago

hiking
4 months ago

also this all trails site for the elgin hiking trail is missing many new reroutes and still showing the old ones

mountain biking
7 months ago

Good rail to trails from Port Elgin to South Hampton and going opposite direction from Port Elgin towards Kincardine. Trail ride is easy and one can do a long 25 mile or a short 8 mile ride.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
over grown
7 months ago

not a maintained trail at all. period

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
over grown
washed out
7 months ago

I'm not sure when or if the previous reviewers have hiked this entire trail from end to end, but doing it mid August definitely did not leave us too pleased with any of the "good" reviews. This trail was so awful that it should probably be declassified as a trail. Perhaps it's doable in the early spring after the first maintenance "crews/volunteers" get through it but it is completely unacceptable as a recreational trail in mid-August if not maintained. This trail was completely overgrown, unmarked or badly blazed (one spot actually had the blazes pointing the opposite of where they should). Parts of the trail were extremely dangerous with erosion giving way to 6 to 10 foot drops. Downed trees over critical parts of the path with no way around but through. Unfortunately, this club seems pretty inactive and no valid information is available on their website. Hikers should be warned that at this time of year there is ZERO maintenance being done on this trail. I don't think it would be too much to ask for the club to point this out on their website or to setup a Facebook page with this information (the club doesn't even have a Facebook page). I understand that it can be tough if no volunteers are willing to help but in those cases just communicate the trail conditions to unknowing hikers. We did this trail end-to-end over 2 days and this was the most miserable 2 day hike any of us (3) had ever done and I've logged over 400 KMs this year alone.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail, just enough hills to be interesting. Hiked St. Thomas to the post people in Port Stanley (Southern terminus)

11 months ago

drove all the way there . there was a gate going across the signed said closed no trespassing.

backpacking
Sun Oct 21 2018

we hiked the section from Shedden to St Thomas during a storm oops lol. but the hilly bits were walkable and only slightly slippery. the path was nicely treaded and clearly marked. beware of confusion in the horse farm. you ARE supposed to walk through it and no you CANT get around it lol just to spare everyone the time

Sun Sep 16 2018

Great trail, some good scenery and viewpoints!

Fri Sep 07 2018

love this trail system. join home away hikers for detailed maps and outings!

hiking
Fri Aug 24 2018

Did St. Thomas to Port Stanley section in 5:40. Beautiful trails, lots of up and down. Fairly overgrown in spots and trees down blocking trail between just north of John Wise to just north of Sparta Line. Blazes are faded along that section too but identified after a little searching. Section entering at Union Rd has closed sections due to private new homes being built so we just followed union road right in to Port Stanley. Saw lots of deer and a tiny 1.5 inch snake. Quite a few puffballs too-friends took one home to eat:) All in all a beautiful hike. Have hiked sections of this trail in all four seasons and all are amazing! Must do sunset in the dunes just north of Southdale but south of Shaw valley road/path.

Mon Jul 02 2018

once we found the sheddon entrance .. that's the tricky part. we discovered a fantastic trail full of beautiful scenery and semi challenging Touraine. it had been a wet spring so some spots were mud filled but our journey from there to part way past Lyle Rd was great. can't wait to explore more next time. The only downside is that being a straight run you have to fight the urge to want to see what's around the next corner because what you walked in...you have to walk back from.

backpacking
Mon Jun 25 2018

completely overgrown and the trail markings are barely visible or not at all there are a lot of trees down on the trails. worst trail I have done!!

hiking
Fri May 04 2018

Nice, easy & fun for beginners The only downfall is that it was really difficult to find

Sun Oct 15 2017

Done first 10.3 km from the beggining. There was a huge sunflower field at the corner from Lyle Rd., which must be beautiful during summer. Passing through the horse farm, and a lot of ups and downs along the river. Fairly fun to go through variety of scenery and hills.

hiking
Sun Aug 07 2016

It was an awesome hike once we found the trail. The online maps were fairly off and there was huge gap between the blazes at the beginning (Port Stanley). We spent about an hour and a half just looking for the starting point (we later found that there are trail maps in Mackie's). Otherwise, we hiked the first 10km and it was great!

hiking
Sun Jun 26 2016

Overgrown throughout. Worried for our dogs with respect to ticks.

hiking
Mon Sep 14 2015

Amazing!

Tue Sep 09 2014

Nice trail has some overgrown spots through it and needs some major clean-up in sections as parts of the trail are under construction or closed off completely

hiking
Sun Sep 17 2017

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