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Rotary Riverside Trail


This 5.7 km linear trail runs parallel to the Grand River just downstream of Caledonia. Developed and managed by the Rotary Club of Caledonia, most of the trail is on land owned by Haldimand County, with the rest of the trail on private land.

The trail is open all year. It begins at the Seneca Park parking lot, on the east side of the Grand immediately below Caledonia, and ends at the town of York.

There are several opportunities to exit the trail onto roadways, including Hwy. 54 at River Road, Abbey Road and Stoney Creek Road. The trail user may also opt to simply reverse to the beginning.

The trail surface is mostly fine hard gravel, with some of the newer sections being either dirt or stone dust. After a brief climb up a steep slope, the trail pathway opens out onto Sims Lock Road. At this point (about 4 km from the start), the route follows Sims Lock Road to Abbey Road, where the trail path resumes to the Village of York. In general this very scenic area consists of agricultural land mixed with small settlements.

The immediate trail habitat consists largely of Carolinian forest, e.g. black walnut, and high, dense undergrowth with goldenrod, ragweed, and many creeping vines. There are many opportunities to access or view scenic river vistas on the right, and there are significant stretches of field on the left. Both banks of the river are often in view, and most of the trail is shaded by mature trees During migration large numbers of waterfowl may be encountered along the river.

Many breeding birds may also be seen, some of them rare. They include the rare Least Bittern, Great Blue and Green Herons, Wood Duck, Northern Harrier, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Screech-Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker as well as other woodpeckers, Least Flycatcher and other flycatchers, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo and other vireos, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and other swallows, Gray Catbird, many warblers including Common Yellowthroat and American Redstart, as well as blackbirds and sparrows such as Field, Song and Chipping.

Of special note is the existence of a nesting pair of Bald Eagles located along the west bank of the river across from the trail head in Seneca Park. The pair successfully fledged young as recently as the summer of 2008.

For more information call Haldimand County, or contact The Rotary Club of Caledonia


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