Top 10 Hiking Trails in South Eastern Ontario

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Go on, dig out those hiking shoes. The warmer temps are here to stay, and you’ve got more tracks than ever to choose from across South Eastern Ontario. Seriously, take your pick: easy strolls along old rail lines, moderate paths around big sand dunes, difficult routes up the Canadian Shield. Whether you’re an amateur stroller or pro hike head, there’s a trail for you out there. Here are 10 of the best, from west to east. (Photo: South Eastern Ontario)

1. Trans-Canada Trail: Corbyville to Stirling

Length: 25 km (or less)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

The Grand Junction Railway once ran from Belleville to Peterborough, but now it’s part of the multi-use Trans-Canada Trail. This stretch begins in Corbyville, a hamlet just north of Belleville that was once a booming distillery town. From the path, you can still see remnants of Corby Distilleries in old water towers, cement buildings, and rusted pipes and equipment. After Corbyville, the trail heads northwest for 15 km, mostly through farmlands, until Madoc Junction, where it splits and goes 25 km northeast to Madoc or 10 km west to Stirling. Since the trail is on a rail line, it’s easy on the body. tctontario.ca; thetrail.ca (Photo: Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance)

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