Muskoka is the perfect place to get out and experience nature. The air is clean, crisp and fresh, and nature engulfs you wherever you go. The land is dotted with hundreds of lakes, a never ending blankets of trees, and there are spots that are soothing to both the body and mind. Hikers have over two hundred and fifty species of birds, fifty types of mammals and twenty-five species of amphibians to discover.
There are endless trails to get out and explore, and they all range in difficulty and length, from family friendly strolls to tough hikes with hilly terrain. There are trails for hikers, bikers and even horseback riders. Whichever trail you choose, there is something special about heading out and exploring Muskoka’s natural landscape.
Practically speaking, when you head out on a hike, make sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks, water and a camera, and be sure to let someone know your hiking plans, as cell phones will likely not work when you get out onto some of the trails.
Many trails will lead you out to stunning viewpoints so you can take in some of Muskoka’s sweeping vistas.
Skeleton Lake Fish Hatchery Trail
The trail is 1km of level gravel path and is accessible off of Hatchery Road. This former fish hatchery was used to produce trout to release into local lakes and streams, but closed in the early 1990s. The path will take you past the area where work is being done to naturalize the site, and you will pass several different habitats on your way.
This trail is 5km return and once served as a link between Port Carling and Port Sandfield. The trail passes through a forest, between bluffs and beside a pond. It is of moderate difficulty. A parking lot can be found off of Hazlewood Road.
Huckleberry Rock Trail
This is a 2.5km trail that leads hikers to a scenic lookout over Lake Muskoka. The trail can be accessed from Milford Bay Road. Along this trail, you’ll find some of the oldest rocks in the world, some of them dating back millions of years.
Avery Park Trail
This is a short trail that leads hikers through a beautiful old forest. It is about 1km long and can be accessed from Yonge Street.
Memorial Park Trails
These trails are in Southeast Huntsville and wind through forest and eventually along the Muskoka River. Trails are accessed from the Centennial Centre.
Fairy Vista Trail
This 3.4km all season trail will bring you through fields, forests and wetlands. It can be accessed by going to the corner of Hwy #60 and Fairyview Drive. This trail is paved, so it can be used for hiking, cycling, rollerblading and is wheelchair accessible.
Hunter’s Bay Trail
Parking is available at Avery Beach at the lake side of Yonge Street. This 3.8km trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail, and is good for walking or cycling. The trail stretches along the river, and there is a 450-foot section of it that actually floats on Hunter’s Bay, making it a great place to stop for a swim. >>
Bracebridge Bay Trail
This is a short trail (1.5km) that begins at the Bracebridge Visitors Centre and follows the bay around to the falls. This trail also features informational plaques along the trail, which will enlighten hikers regarding the history of Bracebridge.
Bracebridge Resource Management Trails
This set of trails varies in length from 3km to 8km. They are said to be some of the most scenic trails in the area. The centre, where parking is available, is off of Highway 11. These trails are rated easy to moderate.
Wilson Fall’s Trail
This trail stretches 2km to 5km. The highlight of this trail is Wilson’s Creek Falls, which is 41 feet high. A bridge will take you right over the falls for a stunning view. There are various access points, but the trailhead is located at Macaulay Public School on Cedar Lane. This is one of the more difficult trails, as it features a lot of steep hills.
Strawberry Point Trail
Parking for this trail is on Strawberry Bay Road. The trail stretches though the woods and eventually leads to an area that will give you a panoramic view of Lake Muskoka. The trail continues on and eventually leads you to a spot that is great for swimming or picnicking.
Brydon’s Bay Trail
Parking for this trail is on Old Portage Road. The trail follows a family friendly, 2.3km loop, and wanders through an old pine forest.
Hahne Farm Trail
This is a series of short trails that loops around a marsh, giving hikers a beautiful view. Parking is available under the water tower in Pine Ridge.
Old Stone Road Trail
This old trail was once used as an old wagon path between Bala and Gravenhurst. This trail is 6km one way and goes mostly through forest and over the occasional marsh. The trailhead is one Muldrew Lake Road.
This 14km of trails wind through some interesting geography, ranging from wetland to rock to forested area. Parking is available at 1074 Cranberry Road.
More information can be found at: Muskoka Trails Council //