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Trails Across Clarington

Clarington has an abundance of scenic trails and hiking spots that are perfect for a day out in the fresh air. Head out and enjoy the last days of summer or embrace the beauty of fall on Clarington’s many trails. Rediscover the tranquility of the great outdoors and be sure to share your journey with us on Instagram using #RediscoverClarington.

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Waterfront Trail

The scenic Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a signed route connecting 155 communities along the shores of the Great Lakes Region. On the Clarington portion of the trail, you’ll find 37 kilometres of wetlands, beaches, bluffs, and forests. In Courtice, the trail goes through Darlington Provincial Park, a great place to stop and camp for a night. Other Clarington trail highlights include the Bowmanville Westside Conservation Area and the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area. In Newcastle, a portion of the trail is right on the waterfront – a perfect spot to stop for a picnic or a picture of Lake Ontario. 

Samuel Wilmot Nature Area

Samuel Wilmot

With more than two kilometres of walking trails, viewing platforms, and shoreline, the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area in Newcastle is a great place to explore. A section of the Waterfront Trail also runs through the area. There are two parking areas and seasonal portable washrooms available. Be sure to stop along the trail to read the signs about the wildlife that lives in the area. 

Central Lake Conservation Areas (CLOCA) 

CLOCA

Clarington has four CLOCA locations with trails that are perfect for walking, cycling, and hiking. The Bowmanville Westside Marshes contains nearly two kilometres of trail with access to the Waterfront Trail. It is a small looped trail, perfect for small children, and offers views of the two wetland areas.

Located in north Bowmanville, Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area has three kilometres of trails through both deciduous and coniferous forests and a swamp that helps maintain water quantity and water temperature along a portion of Soper Creek.

Also, in Bowmanville, the Long Sault Conservation Area has 18 kilometres of trails with a range of difficulty levels. This is a great all-season spot, as you can cross country ski and snowshoe in the winter and hike in the spring, summer, and fall.

Finally, the Enniskillen Conservation Area has more than five kilometres of trail through diverse habitats such as ponds, a swamp, meadow, and wetlands. It’s a great place to see an abundance of wildlife, including turtles, frogs, and birds. All CLOCA locations have pay and display parking.

Orono Crown Lands 

Orono

The Orono Crown Lands sits on 633 acres of the former Ontario Tree Nursery. Follow the 13-kilometre well-marked trail through a varied habitat of mature evergreen and deciduous forests. Wilmot Creek runs through the lands, where rainbow trout spawn in mid-April and salmon in late August.  Parking is available from Taunton Road and Ochonski Road. 

Ganaraska Forest

Ganaraska

The Ganaraska Forest spans more than 11,000 acres and is one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario. Take a country drive to the northeastern corner of Clarington and discover this outdoor oasis. With hundreds of kilometres of trails, the Ganaraska Forest provides opportunities for a variety of activities in every season, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and simply enjoying the serenity. You will need to purchase an annual Forest Membership or day pass to utilize the area

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