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Nottawasaga Bluffs Loop

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Highlights of Nottawasaga Bluffs, including the Keyhole Side Trail.


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2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Loop

1,746' 532 m

High

1,623' 495 m

Low

274' 84 m

Up

275' 84 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Geological Significance

Family Friendly Check out the Keyhole!

Overview

This 400-acre conservation area offers a full day of exploration and adventure, with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding countryside and glimpses of the area's history. See where pioneers once toiled to cut a living out of the wilderness. Timber and limestone proved to be big businesses for this area, resulting in the establishment of nearby communities like Singhampton and Glen Huron.

Connect with the Bruce Trail as it makes its way through the property or venture down one of its side trails to catch a variety of unique features. Hike the Simcoe County Trail and discover traces of an old stage- coach road and limestone kiln. Signs of an original homestead are visible with rhubarb still thriving.

Description

From the parking area, turn right in front of the Ian Lang Memorial sign and follow the red arrows. Follow the main trail for about 200m and then head left at the fork, onto Ian Lang Memorial Trail.

At about 1.0km, there's a short boardwalk. After crossing the creek, climb up the path on the limestone shale, and turn right onto Bruce Trail: Blue Mountains Section.

About 250m later, you'll come across a 4-way junction of trails. On the left is the Betty Carter Side Trail; straight is the Main Lookout Trail, and right is a continuation of the Bruce Trail: Blue Mountains Section. Continue straight onto Main Lookout Trail.

At around 1.9km, turn left to go to the lookout. then follow the Main Lookout Trail to the right until it connects with the Nottawasaga Bluffs Lookout Side Trail at a Bruce Trail kiosk.

Continue along the Nottawasaga Bluffs Lookout Side Trail, left, until the junction of Keyhole Side Trail. Turn right to take the Keyhole Side Trail. This is the highlight of the trip! You'll come to Keyhole, an area full of rocky scrambles and caves. Take your time and explore. When you're ready, finish the Keyhole Side Trail at the Bruce Trail: Blue Mountains Section and follow it left. Stay on the Bruce Trail: Blue Mountains Section until you reach the parking lot.

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The trail leads through some interesting geologic features
Aug 9, 2021 near Colling…, ON
It's a whole different environment! Much cooler down here.
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Man and baby in the ravine.
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Bruce trail near parking
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Ian Lang trail.
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