The Earth Star Loop, a 4 km loop trail, is named after the earth star mushroom, which can be found in late summer or fall in this vicinity. The loop start about 400 metres south of Flood Road, where it leaves the main trail and goes east. The trail follows a cart track meandering through cedar woods and a red pine plantation. After crossing an open meadow, it enters mature woods. In the wooded area, the trail reaches an intersection at 1.4 km.
On the crossover trail to the left there is an open-sided log shelter built for the Rideau Trail by the Ministry of Natural Resources. This trail is a short-cut to reach the blue loop again. Continuing to the right on the longer loop, the trail reaches a large beaver pond where great blue heron may be seen. At 2.2 km the crossover trail rejoins the trail from the left, having taken a more precipitous route. Proceeding through a fine example of mixed forest, the trail again enters an area of pine reforestation. The trail follows a cart track to Flood Road, close to the corner where the road and the main Trail, turn north.
Information provided by the Rideau Trail guidebook.
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