Hiking The Bon Echo Provincial Park

The 19th most popular hiking trail in Ontario.

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North of Napanee, the Bon Echo Provincial Park has a range of trails from 1.4km long to 17km long.

To reach the Bon Echo Provincial Park from Perth, head west on the Trans Canada Hwy and exit at Highway 41. Proceed north on Highway 41/CR-41 to the park. Once inside the park, just follow the signs to the trailheads.

To reach the Bon Echo Provincial Park from Napanee, head north on Highway 41/CR-41 for 78 km. Follow signs once you enter the park.

Trail Descriptions:

High Pines Trail - 1.4 km (1 hour) moderate - This trail takes you past tall pines, through groves of hemlock and beside forest ponds.

Shield Trail - 4.8 km (2 hours) moderate - This trail follows a section of the old Addington settlement road and penetrates the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield.

Bon Echo Creek Trail - 2 km return (45 minutes) easy - Follow Bon Echo Creek to where it enters lower Mazinaw Lake.

Abes and Essens Lake - 4-17 km (2-7 hours) strenuous - This trail features three loops of four, nine and 17 km. Make this an overnight hike and camp at one of the five campsites along the trail.

Cliff Top Trail - 2 km (1 hour) moderate - Take the Mugwump Ferry or your own boat across Mazinaw Lake to the start of this trail. Stairs and a pathway lead up Mazinaw Rock to a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape.

Overall, Bon Echo Provincial Park is the 19th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Ontario.


Local Contact(s):  Bon Echo Provincial Park (613) 336-9863; Friends Of Bon Echo Provincial Park (613) 336-0830; Ontario Visitors Bureau (800) 668-2746.

Base Camp:  Onsite Camping

Reference Source:  click here http://www.ontarioparks.com/

GPS:  44.911499, -77.277746

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/8/2016

ID:  19533


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