Smiths Falls - Rideau Trail
About 5 km downstream from Perth, the century-old Dowson House, partially restored by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, stands beside the canal. Here the Trail leaves the River to skirt the Tay Marsh. It runs through mixed bush and open fields until it reaches Highway #43. It turns right and follows Highway #43 for 400 metres before turning right on Frizell Road. About 200 metres along Frizell road, the trail crosses a stile on the left.
The area through which the trail passes is well forested, with small area of former pasture land. Running east from the return portion of the loop are forest paths which lead to a Ducks Unlimited dam and wetlands and the Cedar Grove parking lot. Parking is available at the start of the loop on Roger Stevens Road and at the Cedar Grove parking lot.
Information provided by the Rideau Trail guidebook.
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