This is a 4.8 km loop trail, suitable mostly for walking, with a surface that is primarily hard packed dirt with several gravel sections. At the start of the trail there is a parking lot with signage and an aerial photograph. The trail is a figure “8” with short or long loop options, used year round for hiking. Access to this trail is also available from the Wrigley Lake Trail. The trail is easy to moderate level of difficulty with some hilly terrain involving steps, boardwalks through wetland areas, and narrow paths through heavy plant growth.
Parts of the trail are becoming closed in from grasses and underbrush. The short loop trail features a variety of habitats such as mixed forest with a heavy under-story of shrubs, vines, and wildflowers. A swamp is filled with water plants, grey dogwood, and tamaracks. There is even some remnant tall-grass prairie, dominated by Indian grass and showy tick-trefoil, which is maintained through prescribed burning. Beyond that on the longer loop are an oak-hickory forest, orchards of apple and crab-apple, and transitional forest and shrub replacing cleared land. Other trees are white pine, aspen, and poplar. Wild grape, bittersweet nightshade, Virginia creeper, wild rose, common horsetail, bracken and sensitive ferns round out the picture.
Information provided by the Grand River Conservation.
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