8 Magical Trails In Ontario Where You Can Discover Hidden Gems

These aren't your usual hikes!
Ontario's Hidden Gem Trails Have Magical Surprises To Discover
Associate Editor

Add some magic to your next outing with Ontario's hidden gem trails.

Far from your usual hike, these areas have surprises scattered along the way.

From historic ruins to massive sculptures, you can find all sorts of unusual and incredible sights as you journey along the path.

Take a spiral staircase down a cliff at Spirit Rock, or find a towering waterfall hidden amongst the trees at Hoggs Falls.

Get ready to snap some photos at these unique trails.

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Spirit Rock Conservation Area

Price: $6 parking fee

Address: 92 Hwy. 6, Wiarton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This is one of the best places to go if you want to discover some hidden gems. Along this trail, you'll find the ruins of a mansion, a spiral staircase, and shining blue waters.

Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Price: Donations accepted

Address: 297 College Dr., Haliburton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Wander through a forest filled with massive sculptures for a super enchanting adventure.

Health Valley Trail

Price: Free

Address: 35 Albert St. E., St. Jacobs, ON

Why You Need To Go: Along this serene trail, you'll find the Wise Old Oak or "Tree Spirit." The massive tree has a face carved into its trunk by an unknown sculptor.

McGinnis Lake Trail 

Price: Prices vary

Address: 2249 Northeys Bay Rd., Woodview, ON

Why You Need To Go: Tucked away in Petroglyphs Provincial Park, you can find a rare turquoise pool that's one of the only meromictic lakes in the country.

Sandsmen Trail

Price: $10 per car

Address: 1074 Cranberry Rd., Bala, ON

Why You Need To Go: At Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, you can wander down a trail filled with cranberry beds and meet the giant Bog Monster.

Nottawasaga Lookout

Price: Free

Address: 9749 County Rd. 91, Duntroon, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Singhampton Caves Trail leads to massive mossy caverns. Visitors are asked to hike at their own risk.

Hoggs Falls Loop

Price: Free

Address: Lower Valley Rd., Flesherton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This forest adventure will lead you to a stunning 7-meter tall waterfall.

Lime Kiln Trail

Price: Free

Address: 4897 Old Richmond Rd., Nepean, ON

Why You Need To Go: Lime Kiln Trail at Stony Swamp will take you past a historic kiln hidden amongst the trees.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

Madeline Forsyth
Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Travel Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Toronto, Ontario.