Not all of summer's best adventures take place in the sun. You can explore the dark side of Ontario with this cavern-filled trail. This park has all sorts of underground crevices located along its scenic trails. Take a break from the beach this summer and go on a trip to Ontario's Eramosa Karst Conservation Area for a unique experience.

While Ontario boasts some incredible cliffs and lookout points, it has some equally awesome adventures below the ground.

Eramosa Karst Conservation Area in Stoney Creek is different than your usual hiking trail.

The area is home to several underground caves and rock formations called karts.

You can find 16 different varieties of karts at this spot including a 335 metre-long cave.

Explore over 7 kilometres of lush trails that lead through forests and meadows, and visit the unique caves along the way.

You can even find some underground streams and a natural limestone bridge at one of the sinkhole entrances.

The conservation area is open seven days a week, and there is a $10 parking fee. 

If you're looking for a longer adventure, you can take the East Mountain Trail loop for some waterfall views.

The hike leads past several cascades including Felker's Falls, Albion Falls, and Buttermilk Falls.

This isn't the only place to journey below the earth in Ontario.

You can climb down ancient spiral caverns at Warsaw Caves Conservation Area, and take a ladder into an underground cave at Hell Holes Nature Trails.

Once you're done exploring underground worlds, you can get a whole new perspective by embarking on these elevated hikes.

While you can view the caves from the trails, visitors are not permitted to enter them for safety reasons.

There are several cliffs that offer incredible panoramic views, and you can even take a canopy boardwalk trail through this Ontario forest.

Grab your flashlights and get ready for some underground exploration at this unique conservation area.

Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

Price: $10 parking fee

Address: Upper Mount Albion Rd., Stoney Creek, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a trip underground with these deep caves and crevices!


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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