A 7 km circular trail to the pretty First Baptist Church and an old cart track flanked by cedar and stone fences. There are sweeping views of the Bonnechere Valley and Madawaska Highlands, and Eastern Bluebirds if lucky, as you wind your way towards and along the historic Opeongo Road.
Follow Hwy 41 south from Eganville for 20 km and turn right onto the Opeongo Rd. Drive along the Opeongo Rd (Cty Rd 64) for 17 km, through Esmonde and Clontarf, until you come to St John's Lutheran Church on the right. Park just past the church on the side of the road.
Walk down the Opeongo Rd and turn left up Baptist Church Rd, which is signposted for the church and a historic fence. Follow this unpaved road as it winds its way up towards the Madawaska Highlands. After 2 km you will reach the pretty Sebastopol or First Baptiste Church, built in 1914, on your right.
You can extend your walk by another 2 km, by walking 0.5 km past the church, then take the right fork and walk another 0.5 km along Schavens Rd to a fine view of the Madawaska Highlands. Look out for Eastern Bluebirds along the way as you retrace your steps to the First Baptiste Church.
Take the path along the old track that passes just below the church. Walk for 1.5 km along this path which is skirted by cedar and stone fences. Turn right along Rosien Rd, which lends sweeping views of the Bonnechere Valley near where it meets the Opeongo Rd. Turn right onto the Opeongo Rd and return to your car.
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