Walk 500 miles and walk 500 more through York Region’s many nature paths
Make footprints along little-known trails near Newmarket, King City, Thornhill, Stouffville and Richmond Hill
Feb. 23, 2021
Bored of the same tree along the same path that is part of the same trail? Venture out into one of the many natural areas in York Region and take pictures, make memories and leave footprints.
Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve -- King Township
Parking: 18462 Bathurst St., King Township, at end of driveway
There is a system of well-established trails in the large hardwood and forested tract that is part of the Ansnorveldt wetland, itself part of the West Holland River watershed. Keep your eyes peeled for great blue herons, red-tailed hawks and white-tailed deer.
Huntington Trail -- Thornhill
Parking: lot off Huntington Park Drive
The trail wanders through a number of natural forested areas and former horse trails, crosses the German Mills Creek and ends at the German Mills Settlers Park, a former gravel pit turned into an untouched, natural little reserve.
King City Trail -- King Township
Parking: King City Arena and Community Centre, 25 Doctors Lane, King City
Trail location: 13190 Keele St., King Township
There’s more than four kilometres of groomed, linked trails, with a number of boardwalks, bridges and stepping stones that cross over the marsh. The trail is in a valley and follows the Holland River.
Pangman Springs Trail -- Whitchurch-Stouffville
Parking: 15710 Kennedy Rd., Whitchurch-Stouffville
The Pangman Springs Trail is part of the Oak Ridges Moraine trail network and twists along wetland and hardwood forested areas. The trail can also be accessed from the Porritt York Regional Forest tract.
Phyllis Rawlinson Park Trails -- Richmond Hill
Parking: 11715 Leslie St., Richmond Hill
The Phyllis Rawlinson Park is one of Richmond Hill’s largest parks set on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The 3.5-kilometre loop trail system is dotted with heritage buildings and is home to Celebration Forest, a woodlot area where trees are tribute and memory trees are planted.