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Mad River Side Trail


The Mad River Side Trail takes a steep descent into Glen Huron. From the lookout platform at Devil's Glen Provincial Park, you can look into the river valley where you'll be walking. To reach the base of this lookout, follow the Mad River Side Trail sign from the Devil's Glen parking lot. At the base of the hill, the Bruce Trail veers off to the left.

Make sure to follow that, even though another trail sign is marked as the Mad River Trail. This trail follows the Mad River as it cuts through the valley. You'll follow its course as it dances over rapids, cross its wetland areas on boardwalks, and gaze into its rocky bottom from a bridge. It's a tranquil pathway — you, the river, and a dense forest. The trail leads to a parking lot at the base of the ski hill. Walk over the bridge and pass the two irrigation ponds. You'll see a sign for the four kilometre Glen Huron Trail or the 6.5 kilometre Escarpment loop. Follow the blazes that lead to a straight trail along the river. This wide section eventually leads to the Glen Huron Pond. The pathway then loops back on county roads. At the top of 15/16 sideroad, you'll have a panoramic lookout over Glen Huron.

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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