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Skinner's Bluff Trail

If you follow the bend into the forest, eventually you'll walk along Skinner's Bluff, a long escarpment face that casts its view over White Cloud, Griffiths and Hay Island. These lonely islands seem to magically appear, each raising its head above the blue waters towards the end of the trail.

It's the pot of gold at the end of an old logging road. For the first few kilometres, the waters tease you. While walking the old logging road, you can see the distant blue peeking through the trees.

It takes a long time to reach the lookout points, but it's well worth the walk. You'll look down on houses, fields and forest, walk by open meadows, and pause by cedar rail fences lined with old orchard apple trees. And you'll step away from the escarpment edge, so far at one lookout point, that you almost see 360 degrees around you.

On your return, don't forget to walk the trail to Bruce's Caves. One of the few ancient sea caverns that remains completely natural on a trail, there are no stairs or viewing platforms. You can rock scramble your way to every corner of this cavern.

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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