This trail starts at Duncan Crevice Caves, where distinctive fern, moss, liverwort, and lichen vegetation is one of the best developed and preserved on the Niagara escarpment. Walking off the trail can displace moss cushions, trample the humus layer and otherwise disturb this fragile vegetation. Please stay only on the trail and tighten the rein on your dog's leash in this area. Resist the temptation to walk into long channels you can see through.
You'll have a chance later as this trail leads through a 30 metre (98 foot) gorge to the summit of Metcalfe Rock. After you pass a waterfall and meadow, make sure you follow the blaze to your right (there's another road leading straight ahead, which takes you to Metcalfe Rock but doesn't complete the loop). Soon thereafter you walk and rock scramble through Metcalfe Rock, filled with little caves, rock outcroppings and long tree roots straddling rocks.
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.
Directions & Parking - From Collingwood take Highway 26 west through Craigleith, past Georgian Peaks and the Georgian Bay Golf club to Grey Rd 2. Follow Grey Rd 2 through Ravenna (Stop at the Ravenna General Store or Little Ed's Ski and Bike Shop to purchase a map - you cannot go into Kolapore Uplands without one) south about 10 km. When the road finally begins to turn (to the left) slow down, the parking is on your left.
Hike Directions There are many routes to choose. Hikes take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 6 hours Length As long as you like to hike (overnight camping is prohibited) 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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