Hike in Huron - Fall 2022
Clinton Conservation Area
One of the nicest family playgrounds in the area is located at the Clinton Conservation Area. With a spacious picnic pavilion, a playground and a hiking trail with a footbridge over a shallow portion of the Bayfield River, there is something for people of every age. A recent addition has been a nine-hole disc golf course. Bring a frisbee and try it out!
The hiking trail is a two-kilometre double loop that starts out near the pavilion. One loop stays on the park side of the river and hugs the bank of the river for a pleasant and easy walk after your picnic. The second loop makes it a true hike and starts just across the footbridge and follows the river upstream, over a ridge and circles back to the bridge through a small pine plantation.
In fall and spring there are times where the water tops the footbridge making the back loop of the trail inaccessible.
77960 London Rd. (Located on Highway 4, just south of Clinton, next to the bridge.)
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times on this trail. The Lobb farm that hosts the trail is a heritage property and offers sweeping views of the river from both the upper and lower trails. A full hike measures in at seven kilometres, but there are five convenient cutoff points where you can adapt your hike to your time. The trail is very well maintained and can accommodate two hikers side by side in comfort and is smooth enough for a stroller for little ones. Once the snow flies, the owners ensure excellent grooming, making it a favourite for winter hiking, skiing and snowshoeing.
There are several inclines, including near the trailhead. An insider tip: taking the loop counterclockwise starting on the upper trail is a slightly easier trip, with low inclines for the most part and one steep hike at the end to get back to the parking lot.
There is much history on the property if you watch for it. Signage points out the remnants of a pottery kiln at the parking lot and the pioneer log cabin along the trail. There are also remnants of a rusted out truck frame along the creek bed, which makes for some interesting speculation on its origin story.
This busy trail is generously shared with us by private landowners and we ask that you respect the trail. Note: trail is closed during deer hunting season (Nov. 7-13 and Dec. 5-11) Intersection of Maitland Line and Stone School Road, northeast of Holmesville.
Located just outside of Exeter, Morrison Dam Conservation Area has an excellent trail system to enjoy the fall colours. Explore Morrison Dam Conservation Area’s four-kilometre (2.5 mile) of recreational trail and travel along two kilometres of wide, accessible trails with an optional excursion down an additional two kilometres of more rugged trails. The main trail loops around a man-made reservoir that was built in 1959 to provide a consistent water supply to a canning factory in Exeter. 71108 Morrison Line, Exeter.