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Mad River Section - Ganaraska Hiking Trail

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Fort Willow Conservation Area

Mad River Section - Ganaraska Hiking Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essa, Ontario, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 974 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

washed out

off trail

Rail trail

hiking
muddy
over grown
9 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

The map here is not the Mad River section of the Ganaraska Trail, it is the end stretch of the 50km Barrie section. Walked it yesterday and ended up going straight through the wetlands in ankle deep water. Good, fun walk with lots of wildlife. Im going to complete the 50km Mad River section next, which runs through Angus and New Lowell, down to Glencairn.

hiking
snow
Wed Mar 27 2019

I started at the road where the marker is indicated on this map and walked south about half way until I hit a road, then turned around and came back. It’s a nice quiet walk. Looks like it’s in a swampy area however in March it’s all still covered in ice, including the path. I walked for two hours and didn’t see anyone else. There is an old fortress up the hill along the way which is worth checking out. There are no rewards or views for hiking this path but if you want easy and quiet it’s a nice stroll.

Fri Aug 17 2018

the deer flies chased us off the trail! there were swarms of them!

Sat Oct 07 2017

Well marked and easy to walk.

hiking
Mon Sep 18 2017

Nicely marked trail, easy to walk. Nice viewing points. Wear bug spray, insects are plentiful.

hiking
Sat Mar 03 2018