Well defined trails, gentle inclines. Hiking boots not required but trails may be wet. Suitable for beginners. Recommended for newcomers to hiking activities.
Generally on trail. May be hilly, light bushwhacking,some rough spots or obstacles. Boots recommended.
Rough terrain. One or more of extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams or other obstacles, rock scrambling. Boots, 3-4 km/hour experience and a high level of fitness essential. Long pants and sleeves recommended.
Trails are for recreational use only. Use at own risk. We remind you to wear good footwear, bring water, bring bug spray, bring a map or read the map sign and know your limits.
We also recommend downloading the What3Words app to your phone in case you get lost.
Please be vigilant about checking your clothing and pet's fur if you have been out on the trails or working in your yard!
Unfortunately, Lambton Public Health will no longer be accepting ticks for testing. Those who require a tick identification service can access it through etick.
Check the Environment Canada website for the local weather forecast https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/on-46_metric_e.html
If there is rain in the forecast, we would advise you check the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority "flood watch".
Straight ahead hiking path
Noteworthy direction change
Straight ahead hiking path
Noteworthy direction change
Dead end or reconnects
with Main Trail
Developed hiking trail system - trailhead sign installed.
Easy-Moderate - 2 km (1.2 mi) loop
9984 Northville Cres. just off Hwy # 21 at the Ausable Cut Bridge in Northville.
Owned by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, this 32 acre road-side park on the Ausable Cut offers hikers a challenging 2 km loop trail over a high sand-dune - easy short-cuts are available.
A wheelchair accessible loop leads you through a Carolinian forest and also includes a viewing platform looking over the Ausable Cut. This is a great place to fish for catfish, drum, perch and pickerel. A large sand dune can be found at the halfway point (hiking clockwise will have you going down the dune). A gravel parking lot and washroom is available. A smaller 0.5 km loop has a children's Story Walk installed.
1. Forest Walkway Trail
2. Grand Trunk Trail
3. Lagoon Loop.
Trailhead structure & signs
Easy - 1) 2.4 km (1.5 mi) out and back 2) 4 km (2.5 mi) out and back 3) 1.8 km (1.1 mi) loop
Trailhead is located at 12 Railroad Way, Forest.
Owned by the Municipality of Lambton Shores, the formal 2.8 km (one way) paved Forest Walkway Trail leads south to the Esli Dodge Conservation Area. The Grand Trunk Trail along the old railway track is a 4 km return trip over flat lands. A 1 km Lagoon Loop is available at the end of the Grand Trunk Trail.
A skateboard (X-Park) is available at the trailhead. A small portion of the trail heads east from the trailhead to the Rotary Civic Square including a splash pad.
Passable hiking trail - no trailhead map sign or on-tail directional signs.
Easy - 4 km (2.5 mi) out and back
7101 Outer Drive west of Port Franks through the ‘L’ Lake Management Area owned by the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority.
Owned by Nature Conservancy of Canada, the hike from Outer Drive to Mud Creek and back is approximately 5 km and leads through the 139-acre Forested Dunes Nature Reserve, part of the 150,000-acre Port Franks Dunes & Wetlands Complex designated provincially as an Area of Natural & Scientific Interest (ANSI) and nationally as an Important Birding Area (IBA). The old Mud Creek pedestrian bridge which provided access from Huron St. in Port Franks was removed in 2011 due to safety concerns.
The trail has been cleared for the most part, however, there are thick areas that we are working to trim back. PLEASE BE AWARE that this property is renowned for having TICKS.
Connector trail is blazed 'orange' - has on-trail directional signs
Easy - 2 km (1.2 mi) one direction
The connector trail passes through lands owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Lambton County and the Oakridge Family Campground. This 2 km trail connects the Ausable River Cut trail network to the Trailhead of the Lambton County Heritage Forest trails at Port Franks Community Centre parking lot.
Park of this connector is along a paved shoulder of the Port Franks Road.
Two trails have been blazed, trailhead & on-trail signs have been installed and unwanted ATV trails have been covered with brush to permit re-naturalization.
Easy - 2 trails - 4 km (2.5 mi), 1.5 km (1 mi) out and back
In Ipperwash from the end of Richardson Drive off East Parkway Drive.
Owned by Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Carolinian Forest & Dunelands here covers over 500 acres and includes a 172 acre Nature Reserve. The Dunes & Swales ('White') Trail is 5.5 km and winds through a Carolinian Forest of sand ridges and wet swales passable on boardwalks. A variety of wildflowers makes this trail a feast for the eyes in spring. The Cedar ('Green') Trail is 2.2 km and features many cedar coves.
Gravel parking lot available. The trails have mosquitos during the summer months (June-August).
Trails are blazed - has trailhead with map and on-trail directional signs.
Easy & Moderate - 3 separate interconnected trails - 2.1 km (1.3 mi), 2.8 km (1.7 mi), 3.1 km (1.9 mi) and a 550 m (0.4 mi) accessible path.
9997 Port Franks Road at the Port Franks Community Centre in Port Franks.
Owned by the County of Lambton and managed by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, this 570 acre Oak-Savanna & Carolinian Forest offers three trails respectively 3.1 km, 5.2 km & 6.6 km in total length from the Community Centre.
Welcome to the 'Heart of the Trails' where more than 18 km of trails can be found within a 4 km radius on 5 separate properties, many of which are connected. This showcase trailhead and adjacent 'Circle of Life' features native artwork, native plants, and carved animals. A 550 m long wheelchair accessible path through a 'tree tunnel' can be found behind the community centre with over 100 trees and a children's Story Walk installed.
Trail Loop is blazed - has a trailhead map sign.
Easy - 1.5 km (1 mi) loop
7101 Outer Drive west of Port Franks
Owned by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, the 69 acre ‘L’ Lake site offers a gentle 1.5 km hiking trail through cedar wetlands and mixed Carolinian Forest. This is also the entrance to the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Forest Dunes Nature Reserve.
The trail has many mosquitos during the summer months (June-August).
Developed hard-surfaced walking & bicycle trail.
Easy - 9 km (5.6 mi) one direction
This 10 km multi-use and relatively flat trail runs parallel to Highway #21 from Grand Bend to the entrance of Pinery Provinial Park at 1512 Lakeshore Drive (Hwy #21). Interest has been expressed to build a 'Pinery to Port Franks Bikeway' also along Highway #21.
This is a paved trail.
Developed trails - trailhead and on-trail signs installed and trail guide available.
Easy-Difficult - 3 separate trails - 4.8 km (3 mi) loop, 3.2 km (2 mi) loop, 2.2 km (1.4 mi) one direction
Boothill Road from north & Vernon Road from south near Village of Sylvan on County Road #7.
Owned by the Thames Talbot Land Trust, the 367 acre property located in the Ausable River Valley (east side - just north of the bridge on County Road #7) has a difficult 4.8 km and an easy 3.2 km trail loop through mixed Carolinian-Great Lakes Hardwood Swamp Forest, and a 2.2 km trail along the river - Visit www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca
The trails have mosquitos during the summer months (June-August).
Blazed & accessible hiking trail loop - no trailhead or on-trail signs.
Easy - 1.6 km (1 mi) loop
9904 Nipigon Street in Port Franks - 0.5 km east of Port Franks Road at Whatman Street.
Owned by Lambton Wildlife, this extremely rare 37 acre ‘Dry Oak-Pine Woodland’ has a 2 km trail traversing gently on a sloping sandy terrain. The Karner Blue butterfly after which this Nature Sanctuary is named is extirpated.
Trail is overgrown with poison ivy.
Gravel & woodchip walking/hiking trail loop. Planned on-trail signs to include a series of interpretive panels and a StoryBook.
Easy - 1 km (.6 mi) loop
10035 Museum Road, Grand Bend (just north of the Pinery Provincial Park entrance off Hwy. 21)
Owned by the County of Lambton, the Woodland Heritage Trail is a loop through the forest around the museum. The trail is accessible year round and in the winter, snowshoes are available for rent. There are a variety of sizes for adults and children (who have to be over 60 pounds to use the equipment).
The trail is included as part of your regular museum admission fee. Visit www.lambtonmuseums.ca/lambton-heritage-museum/ for more details.
Developed Trail System - Trailhead signs and markers installed.
Easy - Moderate - various distances
8680 Rock Glen Road - Follow the Conservation Area sign from County Road #79 just north of Arkona.
Owned by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, this 67-acre gorge site has a 1.5 km hiking trail with steep stairways and a wheelchair accessible overlook.
An entrance fee applies. Visit www.abca.ca for more details.
Developed hiking & bicycle trails - trailhead signs installed.
Easy - various distances
1512 Lakeshore Drive (Hwy #21) 10 km south of Grand Bend.
Owned by the Province of Ontario, this large 6300-acre park has kilometers of sandy beaches and an extensive network of hiking & bicycle trails through Oak Savanna.
An entrance fee applies. Visit www.pinerypark.on.ca for more details.
Developed Trail System - Trailhead signs & markers installed.
Easy - 3 separate interconnected trails - 2.0 km (1.2 mi), 2.5 km (1.5 mi), 5.0 km (3.1 mi)
8395 Decker Rd in Thedford.
The Trails at Widder Station are situated along the Widder Station Golf , Grill & Tap House offering groomed trails for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The Trails are open from mid December to mid March (weather permitting). Food & Beverage take-out offered Friday through Sunday. Washrooms available.
NO entrance fee applies. Visit www.widderstation.com for more details.