Explore Orillia & Lake Country’s expansive trail systems – from leisurely walks to heart-pumping hikes, all with beautiful views.
Each of the following locations have unique characteristics that make them attractive to nature enthusiasts.
This 4,400 acre provincially-protected landscape of forests, cold water streams and rolling hills has something for every lover of the outdoors. With over 75 km of trails, Copeland Forest is perfect for hiking and biking, or simply immersing yourself in nature. Over the next few weeks the spring flowers will be in full bloom. For trails and access point please see the map.
Grants Woods –
Grants Woods is the perfect destination for those seeking a respite in nature.
A network of 4 km looped walking trails, with connecting footbridges and interpretive kiosks, leads the hiker through a mature forest of towering maples and pines, some dating back 200 years. Don’t forget your camera, as the diverse flora and fauna of Grant’s Woods make for great photographic opportunities.
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Scout Valley –
Located on the outskirts of Orillia, Scout Valley is a 230 acre oasis of nature that includes three well maintained trails. Each of these trails has their own features, including mature deciduous trees, streams and a scenic lookout with views of Lake Couchiching and Simcoe.
Uhthoff Trail –
The 22 km Uhthoff Trail is part of the Trans Canada trail and connects Coldwater to Orillia. This is a long linear trail includes, scenic wooded areas, wetlands and streams, and a variety of old barns. As a multi-use trail it is the perfect destination for a hike or bike ride.
McCrae Point Provincial Park –
This small peninsula on Lake Simcoe is a perfect destination for a short and rewarding hike. McRae Point 1.2 km Water’s Edge Trail passes through numerous ecosystems and the point at the end of the trail awards visitors with magnificent views over Lake Simcoe.
Bass Lake Provincial Park –
The Park offers a 2.8 km trail with several cultural and natural highlights, including the remnants of a working farm, effects from glaciation and a variety of flora and fauna. The first 500 metres is paved, making it accessible for all.
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Happy Hiking and please remember to use the best practices of social distancing and sanitation while out on the trail.
Lake Country – Oro-Medonte Rail Trail
The Oro-Medonte Rail Trail is 28 km long and goes to the outskirts of Orillia. The abandoned rail line was turned into a rail trail which gives users the opportunity to explore beautiful Oro-Medonte along the way. The trail surface is crushed stone. Great for walking, biking and running year round. The trail is also used as part of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club trails during the winter months.
Originally published in 2020, this article may contain information that is out of date.
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