Skip to Main Content

Cheltenham Badlands Trail

Public access to the badlands is only available at the viewing area at the top of the badlands slope.  Acccessbile from the road and parking area - no need to traverse sensitive areas!

Through signage, visitors are asked not to leave the viewing area at the top of the slope.  Leaving the viewing area is no longer sanctioned.

Geocaching is not allowed.

“Badlands” is a geologic term for an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover that has become molded into a rolling landscape of rounded hills and gullies.

Such areas are rare in Ontario and this is one of the best examples. They exhibit the reddish hue of the Queenston Shale that forms them; the iron oxide in the shale produces this colour. The narrow greenish bands that can be seen throughout the shale are due to the change of red iron oxide to green iron oxide brought on by the circulating groundwater.

The relatively soft shale is essentially clay and is easily eroded by water. For more informaiton on use and rules contact Cfredit Valley Conservation at 1-800-367-0890


Thank you for your interest in the Cheltenham Badlands Trail. Did you know Ontario Trails Council provides many services to Ontario? Please be sure to get our latest guide on developing an accessible website for your trail organization!

Add this badge on your website - ask us how.

Nearby Amenities

Have you traveled this trail?

If you have any corrections or new information you'd like to send us, we'd love your input. Also, any photos or videos you may have taken of your adventures on this or any other trail are welcome as well. Be a part of our trail community!


Add a comment

Use your Facebook account to comment on this trail and share your experiences below.