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Devil's Pulpit and the Hoffman Lime Kiln Ruins


Follow the white blazes of the main Bruce Trail south on Chisholm St. on the south side of the Forks of the Credit Road. Your goal is Devil’s Pulpit, a 10 m (35 foot) high cliff of Amabel Dolostone, the hard caprock of the Niagara Escarpment. The climb from the valley floor is more than 100 m (300 feet), but you will be rewarded for your efforts by a magnificent view to the north.

As you ascend the Trail above the railway tracks, you will notice some old railway rails that cross the Trail. Here you can take the newly-opened Lime Kiln Side Trail which leads for 600 m to the site of the pinnacle of early 20th century technology: a Hoffman Ring Kiln. The huge stone blocks spring out of the forest like a prehistoric ruin. The kiln was used for burning dolostone to create lime, a vital ingredient for early industrial and agricultural purposes. Retracing your steps to the white blazed main Trail, continue to follow the blazes south, up the Escarpment through a magnificent area of tumbled rock – nature’s rock garden – until you reach the base of Devil’s Pulpit.

A short climb up the stairway will reward you with magnificent views across the Credit Valley and the satisfaction of having climbed 100 m (300 feet) from the valley floor. From both the Devil’s Pulpit and the Lime Kiln, it is necessary to retrace your steps to return to your car. But at least you will be going downhill. With file information from the Bruce Trail, for more information on this and other Bruce trails please purchase the Bruce Trail map and trail guidebook. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. It is 840 km long, with over 440 km of side trails. Every year more than 400,000 visits are made to the Trail as people walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Escarpment.

The Bruce Trail was instrumental in the Escarpment being named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990 - one of only twelve such reserves in all of Canada. The Bruce Trail is a member of the Ontario Trails Council through affiliation with Hike Ontario.


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