Beaver Bites Side Trails Hikes

Explore some interesting, less travelled sections of the Bruce Trail with our self-guided challenge that leads hikers along a series of routes using side trails in the Beaver Valley. BVBTC has grouped the hike routes by geographic proximity. Complete the hikes on your own schedule in whatever order or combination you choose, including both side trail and main trail sections.

To receive a badge once you have completed all the required hikes, send your hike log, a self-addressed envelope with your name and address with a $5.00 payment to the BVBTC, P.O. Box 3251 Meaford, ON N4L 1A5.

Payments will be accepted by cheque or by Interac e-Transfer. Cheques: Make payable to the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club and include with your mailed submisson. Interac e-Transfers: Send payment to payments@beavervalleybrucetrail.org and with your mailed submission, include your email address, contact phone number and the answer to your security question, exactly as typed. Note that your bank may have a minimum payment higher than the cost of one badge.

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority requires parking fees at Eugenia Falls Conservation Area. Check Grey Sauble Conservation for fees and payment methods.

Entrance to the Metcalfe Crevice Side Trail. Photo copyright Alan McPherson, 2015.

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Group 1  Map 24

Intercept, Loree, Len Gertler: Park at km 2.3, (on the shoulder of the 21st Sideroad and the 4th Line). Hike the short Intercept Side Trail to the main trail (turn left) Hike to the Loree Side Trail (turn left). Hike this trail to the main trail (turn right). Hike the main trail to the Len Gertler Side Trail (turn right). Hike this trail to the main trail (turn right) and follow the main trail back to the Intercept Side Trail and your car. Total: 8.5 km

Margaret Paull: Park west of km 10.6 (on the north side of 18th Sideroad 450 m west of the 5th Line). Follow the main trail west to the Margaret Paull Side Trail (straight ahead). Hike this trail to the main trail. (Turn left) and follow the main trail back to your car. Total: 3.7 km

Group 2  Map 25

Metcalfe Crevice, Chuck Grant, Pinnacle Rock: Park at km 27.9 (10th Line). Follow the main trail east to the Metcalfe Rock Side Trail. Take time to explore this imposing area of rock formations and crevices, then continue north on the main trail to the Chuck Grant Side Trail (turn left). Hike this trail to the main trail (turn left) and follow it back to your car, stopping along the way at Pinnacle Rock to look at this interesting feature. Total: 9.2 km

Group 3  Maps 25, 26

Ken Young, Mac Kirk: Park at km 41.7 (on the shoulder of Sideroad 7B). Follow the main trail north to the Ken Young Side Trail (turn right). Hike this trail to the road then walk back to your car. Move your car to the roadside parking on County "Rd. 13, village of Kimberley, (blue steel gate on east side of the road, approx. km 44). Hike the main trail east to the top of the escarpment, then turn left to hike the Mac Kirk Side Trail loop. Then hike back down to your car. Total: 4 km

Wodehouse Karst: Please note that during March and April, passage on Wodehouse Karst Side Trail is not possible due to the ephemeral lake created by the melt waters of Wodehouse Creek. Park your car on Grey Rd. 7 between Sideroad 7A & Sideroad 4A at the Wodehouse Karst Side Trail sign. Hike down the escarpment on Wodehouse Karst Side Trail to the main trail, then hike back up the side trail to your car. Alternately, on a day when you are already on the main trail you can hike in and out this short side trail. Total: 3 km

Valley Crossover, Campbell’s/Graham’s Hill Side Trails: Park at km 74.8 in the Bruce Trail parking lot on Grey County 30. Follow the main trail south to the Campbell’s/Graham’s Hill Side Trail. (Turn left) Hike this trail to the main trail. (Turn left) and follow the main trail to the Valley Crossover Trail. (Turn left) Hike this trail to the main trail. (Turn left) and follow the main trail back to your car. Total: 13.3 km

Group 4  Map 26

Eugenia Falls: Park at Eugenia Falls Conservation Area, in Eugenia, located west off County Rd. 13 on Pellisier St. Walk the paved path to the falls. Follow the main trail south for a few metres, then turn left onto the Eugenia Falls Side Trail. This short trail rejoins the main trail where you turn right and hike north back to your car. Total: 730 m

Hogg’s Falls Upper, Hogg’s Falls Lower: Park at km 63.3 (Hogg’s Falls parking lot, on the west side of Lower Valley Road, about 750 m north of East Back Line). From the parking hike on the main trail to the Hogg’s Falls Lower Side Trail (turn left). Hike this trail to the main trail (turn right). Hike the main trail to the Hogg’s Falls Upper Side Trail (turn left). Hike this trail to the main trail (turn right) and follow the main trail back to your car. Total: 4.6 km

Group 5  Maps 27, 28

Sligo, Beaver Pond Lookout, Epping Lookout: This is a linear hike which includes the 3 side trails. It may be completed by hiking in and out or by placing a car at each end for a shuttle. (Park one car at the John Muir Lookout parking lot on Grey Road 7, near km 92.5.) Hikers with a single car can contact trailangels@beavervalleybrucetrail.org to arrange a shuttle by a BVBTC volunteer to the start of the hike. See Trail Angels for more information about this service.

Park at km 87.7 on Sideroad 16C. Hike west on the on the road on the main trail for a short distance, then continue on the Sligo Side Trail on the road until it turns right, off the road, then continue north. Hike this trail to the main trail (turn left). Hike the main trail to the Beaver Pond Lookout Side Trail (turn left). Walk in for a short way to view this wetland area, then back out. Continue north on the main trail to Grey Road 7. Cross the road to the Epping Lookout Trail and hike this trail to the John Muir Lookout area. Total: 7.5 km

Fairmount, Siegerman: Park at km 93.9 on Sideroad 22B. Hike the Fairmount Side Trail (enters off north side of road) to the main trail. (Turn right) Hike the main trail to the Siegerman Side Trail (turn right). Hike this trail to the main trail (turn right) and follow the main trail back to your car. Total: 11.2 km