Pretty River Conservation Area

MODERATE 3 reviews

Pretty River Conservation Area is a 8.5 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
8.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
374 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

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hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Went back to Pretty River Valley this past weekend. This time found a trail south of Pretty River Rd. Lovely ceder forest, but found two illegal fire pits, a lot of garbage and human waste. Yup - right on the trail. Ran into the conservation officer there who told me they were having a lot of trouble with people polluting there. Yeah, no kidding. Posted a picture of a giant mushroom. I've never seen anything like it in my life. Anyway, I don't think this is an official trail, but it's nice as it runs along the river. Heading up river, the trail disappears in some tall grass. Keep going and you'll find another large ceder forest. You'll eventually encounter a very steep hill. Go to the right and you'll find a less steep area by which you can surmount it. There's no trail here, just ceder trees which are far enough apart that you can get by. Very nice area once you get past the aforementioned nastiness.

hiking
3 months ago

An amazing area. I've hiked it several times now. A single road runs through the centre, splitting the upper section which contains the main trails pictured here, with the three ponds, and the lower section which has a slow moving river. It also contains several other trails that are not marked here or on the official Bruce Trail map, and can be confusing. But, they make for a fun adventure. Bring a compass if you decide to venture on any of the unmarked trails because you can get turned around.