Step into Nature’s Embrace: Best Hiking Trails
Whether you seek lakeside tranquility, rugged wilderness, or a blend of art and nature, these top hiking trails near our cabins offer a spectrum of experiences.
So lace up your boots and embark on a journey through nature’s wonderland!
Come experience Haliburton! During the winter months (while many of the forest trails are devoted to snowmobiles/ATVS) there are four dedicated hiking snowshoe trails to enjoy and explore. BONUS: two adult pairs of snowshoes are included with your Cabinscape booking. Head over to the Main Office of Haliburton Forest Base Camp for a map and directions to the trailheads for these featured trails:
• Wild Woods Walk Trail (5km loop – easy)
• Chessler’s Pond Trail (2km loop) – accessible directly from our micro cabins: Jade, Ivy, Moss, Pine, Sage!
• John’s Trail and Forestry Walk (3km loop – easy)
• Dale’s Trail (1.5km loop – easy) *This trail can get muddy. Avoid this trail until there’s a good snow base.
This diverse trail network features panoramic viewpoints within the greater forest area, only 35 minutes from our cabins. Some of our favourites:
• James Cooper Lookout (easy 1.5km in & out)
• Circuit of 5-Viewpoints (5km loop – challenging)
• Crests of Kennisis (5 – 15km hard in & out)
• The Ridge (Considered the ‘backbone’ of Algonquin Highlands, this trail connects many of the above hiking trails which can be linked to provide the experienced hiker with a lengthy and challenging 8km trek). View Trail Maps HERE
Visiting our Calabogie cabins? The Calabogie Peaks Resort property (where our cabins are located) is the trail head for a fascinating network of Ontario hiking trails that expand beyond the resort and cross over thousands of acres of Crown Land. Explore this network of trails right outside your cabin door!
Manitou Mountain is a 9 km, medium level hiking/snowshoeing trail network passing through picturesque pine forests and spectacular wilderness scenery.
Along this shoulder width trail you will encounter three spectacular mountain top vistas, including the famous Eagles Nest Lookout (this can be done as it’s own 1.5km hike) as well as Manitou Mountain and Red Arrow Rock. “Bear Claw Trail” is the nearest trail access point to our cabins, located directly across from the lane that leads up to Starling Cabin.
View the map HERE.
Offers 18 km of easy to moderate hiking/biking trails in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. These old logging roads trails wind their way through picturesque forest landscapes with lots of gentle ups and downs. Click here for Winer Access Map and Summer Access Map.
Visiting our Kawartha cabins? Hike, cycle, or stroll our 4 km of lanes and trails that meander through this expansive re-naturalized property and experience a rich variety of ecosystems, vistas and relics from the past. Two pairs of snowshoes are included with your cabin.
Balsam lake is located just 10 minutes from our Kawartha cabins. With a couple different loop options, walk through eskers and kames formed over 10,000 years ago from the Wisconsin Glacier and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area. In warmer months, walk through fields of wildflowers and a pine plantation.
Around 25 minutes out, the Victoria Rail Trail is a popular trail that stretches from Lindsay to Kinmount. It is 55km in length and is used year-round for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
Explore the on-site trails around our Mica and Rhya cabins. These trails have not been officially marked yet so please be mindful of your navigation and keep to the existing pathways.
RIDEAU VALLEY TRAIL SYSTEM is a 387 km network of hiking trails between the Cities of Kingston and Ottawa located in the general area of the Rideau Canal and its tributary waters. The nearest direct trail access point is just off Long Lake Road approximately 1km west of the Mica and Rhya Cabin parking lot.
MURPHY’S POINT PROVINCIAL PARK
This 1,239-hectare park is just a 10 minute drive and part of the historic Rideau Waterway (named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007). It boasts many features that tie in with the area’s rich past, one being the popular Silver Queen Mica Mine. The park offers 5 easy to moderate-level hiking trails and a public beach!
THE TAY-HAVELOCK TRAIL is a multi-use rail trail that is right out the door of our Ember Cabin and only 1.5kms’s south of Juniper cabin on Armstrong Line. It runs East to Perth and West to Sharbot Lake. For cycling, this trail is great for gravel, cross, or MTB bikes but not recommended for road bikes. If you are feeling adventurous you can then follow the K&P trail from Sharbot Lake all the way down to Kingston.
SILVER LAKE PROVINCIAL is just a quick 4 mins from Juniper and 8 mins from Ember cabin and features an easy 0.5km km Marsh Trail along a boardwalk rich in flora and fauna.
SHARBORT LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK is just a touch further and offers two unique nature trails.
VISITING OUR MOUNTAIN GROVE CABIN? (Mason)
We share our 576 pristine acres with the good folks at the Sumac Centre and their wonderful woodland trails. Combined, there is over 15km of marked trail, and along the way you may spot deer, foxes, coyotes, beavers, otters, turtles and a wide variety of birds!
MEISEL WOODS CONSERVATION AREA is a nearby 6km out-and-back trail around Bass Lake which is great for birding, hiking, and walking, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring.
VISITING OUR PAKENHAM CABIN? (Joni)
Get out and explore the leisure trails on the property we share with Cartwright Springs Brewery. Trails vary from meandering creek walks to rugged bush walks with lookouts
of the Ottawa Valley.
Just a 7 min drive away, lies a 200 acre property with over 8 km of meandering trails through forests, hills, streams and meadows.
After a day of exploration, retreat to your Cabinscape haven, where the cozy ambiance awaits, creating the perfect harmony between adventure and relaxation.
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