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Maitland Trail is a 31 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Goderich, Ontario, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 31.0 mi Elevation gain 4,002 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Just East of Goderich, Ontario, lies the Morris Tract Provincial Nature Reserve. This 58 ha upland forest is an area of steep valleys and fertile river bottom that fronts on the Maitland River. In the sheltered valley microclimates, trees common further south, such as Sycamore, are found alongside the typical Maple, Hickory and Beech of Southern Ontario

Maitland Trails Association , Susanna Reid PHONE: 519-524-6976

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Dylan Brandt
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Had a good time until I found out it definitely wasn't an atv trail anymore. I made due on my 250L but i strongly recommend against ever trying to atv on that trail

David Greer
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carl f
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Rob McIntosh
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HikingMuddyRocky

Hiked the full MTA two years in a row now as part of the mta el camino hike. Total 49km. Great trail with good blaze markers. Some elevation changes but still easily managed.

Valerie Gill Trudgeon
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Hiking

A cold beauty today.

Shawn Thompson
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Mountain biking

Absolutely love the section that runs through Falls Reserve. I've hit it every year since we've been camping here. Incredibly fun zipping through on the bike. Some sections really keep you on your feet! if you are hitting it on a bike, take the first drop cautiously!

David Pollak
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Hiking

This is a pleasant scenic stroll along the river with a couple of short variations. The White trail goes along the river. The Blue trail bisects the interior hilly wooded section. The Orange trail is a loopy wooded flat section. The Green trail is a cool little jaunt thru a pine forest. We started in the small lot by the windmill pond. Traveling counter clockwise we started on the Blue trail to the river (consider the Yellow variation as well). We then turned left onto the White trail along the river. At the intersection of the Orange trail we turned left and followed to the Green intersection. Turning left again we followed Green until the Blue trail and turned right to the parking lot. Total travel 4.02 km

Kyle G.
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Hiking

For the last 3 years the Maitland Trail Association has held an "El Camino" where participants are able to complete the entire 49km trail over 1 weekend. I participated in this year's event and the trail is fantastic! There are some elevation changes that will get your heart pumping but then there are flat forested sections along the river that offer gorgeous views of the valley. The trail only goes along road sections for a few kilometers, unlike a lot of other local trails where it seems you're walking along the road more than being on an actual trail. Overall, this is a must do trail!

Bruce Russell
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Hiking

This very long, varied trail system is impossible to cover in a brief mini-review. The trail roughly follows the Maitland River and Valley, from near the town of Goderich to the village of Auburn. The trail only 'roughly' follows the river, because most of the trail runs along privately-owned land and requires landowner consents, so some sections have necessarily left the river and valley and run along the shoulders of public roads, and also along the edges of farmer's fields and bushlots in the general vicinity of the valley and river. Here I want to cover only the high points of the trail system (I've hiked almost all of the trail except the sections that follow roads). The section that runs from Benmiller and downsteam 5 km (through the Morris tract) is in my opinion the finest. The section through the Morris tract runs through some of the finest mature hardwood forest in the region. This forest (from the Morris tract to Goderich) is a small enclave of Carolinian forest, consisting of a mix of Hickory, Oak, Sycamore, and other tree species more commonly found in Ontario's deep south. This lower portion of the trail system also contains some rare outcroppings of bedrock, because the river has removed 10s of meters of Glacial material (clay, stone, sand, etc.) covering 99.99% of the remainder of the county. The section of trail just upstream of Benmiller runs through an area of forest that was almost flattened by the August 2011 F3 tornado. Just downstream from Benmiller the trail runs past 'The Falls' which is a favourite swimming, fishing, and camping area on land managed by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority. Near the portion of trail a short distance upstream from Saltford, (and just a few metres above the level of the river) are the remains of some historic salt wells, dating to the latter half of the Nineteenth century. If the river level is low (usually during summertime drought) some 'potholes' can be seen in the bedrock in the river bed. Close to the west trailhead (just north of Goderich) is the historic Menesetung Bridge, a heritage oak that sprouted in the 1700s, and Tiger Dunlop's (impressive) tomb, located on a high overlook near where Highway 21 and the (former) Guelph-Goderich rail line meet. I've only touched on a few things that (for me!) are high points, maybe you can add to what i've written!

Cheryl Mayberry-White
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Walking
First to Review

The Maitland Valley Trail is beautiful, it runs along side the river.

Katey Jean
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carl f
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Yvon Garon
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Stacey Blydorp
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Lynda Therrien
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Jasmin Moxham
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Neil Campbell
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David Lightheart
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Callee Rice
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YaJ L
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Brett Roosemalen
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John Vleeming
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