Goderich - Maitland Woods
The Maitland Woods trail is a natural gem located right on the edge of Goderich. Volunteers have laid out an easy walking trail through this forest that has a rich diversity of bird, animal and plant life. Boardwalks and bridges have been constructed over vulnerable areas, making it safe for both trail users and the flora and fauna that live in the woods.
The trail is a basic 3.2-kilometre loop, with several side trails that intersect the circle creating options for shorter or longer walks.
There are two ponds located within the property where you are apt to catch a glimpse of a sunning turtle or nesting geese. It’s a great teaching trail to bring the kids (or urbanites) with about 40 signs identifying various trees and shrubs.
The trail loops through mixed forest to a meadow beside a large pond through beech trees and over a swamp and through deep dark cedars. It is a remarkable trail that has been preserved and maintained by the dedicated group of volunteers that make up
the Maitland Trail Association.
There are four access points, but the easiest one is on Parson’s Court with ample parking available at the Knights of Columbus parking lot. When you enter the trail here, there is a map posted to help you get your bearings. You can start the loop in either direction, and you should allow 60 to 90 minutes to really enjoy the scenery.