• Southern Ontario Hiking Resources


Palgrave Forest wetland


001 - 002 | 2.2 kmFrom the parking lot on Gore Road, begin walking along the Caledon Trailway crossing an overpass above Mill Lane overlooking Centreville Creek . The trail then crosses a sheep farm passageway through two gates to Humber Station Road (002).

002 - 003 | 3.9 kmAcross the road you pass the Humber Valley Heritage Trail and continue along the Caledon Trailway where it meets Patterson Road where the trail jogs a bit to the right before continuing straight ahead. (003)

003 - 004 | 4.4 kmThe trail arrives at a trestle over Duffy’s Lane (004).

004 - 005 | 5.4 kmContinue straight ahead over the bridge along the Caledon Trailway. Soon you will arrive at Brawton Dr in a Palgrave neighbourhood (005).

005 - 006 | 5.8 kmCross Brawton Dr and continue straight ahead. The trail now winds through a local park area arriving at Hwy 50 in the village of Palgrave (006).

006 -007 | 7.3 kmTurn left and walk through the main street of the town of Palgrave. You can purchase an ice cream or drink here. Just before you reach a large pond on the right, the trail swings left along a gate, passes one creek flowing into another and then descends to an underpass under Hwy 50. The trail follows the pond edge and then rises to a large city gazebo. Continue along the white-blazed trail which soon crosses busy Hwy 50. Use caution here. The trail passes a closed gate and through an empty parking lot to a large sign board. Soon the trail arrives at the start of the Palgrave Side Trail and the Oak Ridges Trail (007).

007 - 008 | 8.4 kmThe trail continues straight ahead into a wooded area - The Palgrave Forest and follows the white blaze BT trail markers. At another trail intersection, continue straight ahead on the narrow blaze marked trail. The trail continues to follow these markers soon crossing a stile to arrive at Duffy’s Lane. (008)

008 - 009 | 10.5 kmThe trail crosses the road before the curve and continues following the blue markers on the Palgrave Side Trail through the western part of the Palgrave Forest. The trail passes through a grassy area until entering a mature woodland where it turns left along a bush road before turning right into a stand of Pine. Turning left along a woodlot fence the trail arrives at Humber Station Road (009).

009 - 010 | 12.6 kmTurn right and follow Humber Station Road passing Finnerty Side Road where the trail goes back into the woods on the left side of the road. The trail passes a stand of Staghorn Sumac before winding through a reforestation area. After 400 m the trail passes a hiker’s rest bench near a large maple shade tree which is a good rest or lunch stop. The trail descends a slope and passes an old cedar forest through a low-lying wetlands area over a series of wooden boardwalks across a few streams. The trail passes through an open meadow past a sea of goldenrod, Queen Anne’s Lace and clover before arriving at Gore Road (010).

010 - 011 | 13.2 kmTurn right along Gore Road. After about 600 m the trail turns left leaving the road and entering the woods (011).

011 - 012 | 14.8 kmCross a stile into a meadow passing horse stable fields on the Palgrave Side Trail. Here John fed the horses all three of the apples in his back pack. Passing through another wetlands area over boardwalks and streams, the trail winds just inside a cedar forest along the side of a slope before climbing a steep slope to arrive at the gravel and dirt Centreville Creek Road (012).

012 - 013 | 15.4 kmWalk to the right on the road around the curve for 600 m before entering back into the woods on the Palgrave Side Trail on the left side through an old gate (013).

013-014 | 17.2 kmThis nicely rerouted section of the trail continues through a dense spruce forest in and out of open areas. The trail once again enters the woods coming out to a meadow and then back into a hardwood forest as the trail heads uphill. The trail arrives at a lookout bench providing a good rest site and a good view of the surrounding farmland. In about 300 m the Palgrave Side Trail ends where it meets the Bruce Trail at a stile (014).

013 - 014 | 17.8 kmDo not cross over the stile but take the trail to the right and follow the main Bruce Trail (white blazes) along the road allowance to Coolihans Road (015).

014 - end | 18.0 kmIf you parked on Coolihans Road, this ends the hike. Or cross the road and over a stile along the main Bruce Trail into the Glen Haffy Conservation Area through open parkland with numerous picnic tables.
Enjoy the hike and the day!

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