The Prayer of the Woods starts this trail. The inspirational phrase appears in forest preserves in Portugal, but is just as valid here. Stop to read it and contemplate these words as you walk through this woodland trail.
From the parking lot, take the Conservation Area's Nature Trail where stairs lead down to the campsite and connect with the Bruce Trail.
The pathway leads through a woodland threaded by streams.
Various bridge crossings take you from one scenic view to another: streams that run over boulders from two different directions and meet underneath the bridge to a magical hemlock forest that ascends from a stream.
Unmarked side trails lead to scenic spots of the rolling Caledon Hills. Glen Haffy is located along the central portion of the Niagara Escarpment where few exposures of bedrock strata are visible. The trail eventually exits onto Glen Haffy Road. From here you can retrace your steps or follow the blue blazes along the road to join the main trail in a 10.5 km (6.5 mile) loop.One mile down from the Bruce Trail is a spring of cold water that percolates from the hillside.
It's the location of a fish hatchery where trout are reared in the barn's holding tanks. Fishing is allowed in the fishing ponds located in the Conservation Area, not to be confused with the holding tanks situated at the hatchery.
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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