Trails -  Moderate and Difficult

Trails Moderate to Difficult

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Moderate Trails

Atakas Trail (5.4 km - Moderate)

The trail transects the rock ridges and valley wetlands.  This provides the opportunity to view various forest communities and wetlands.  The trail passes meadows (dry pond beds), historic logging operations, a draft-dodger cabin and a wetland, rich with cranberries.

Heron Trail (4.9 km - Moderate) 

Meander along rock ridges and take advantage of the many elevated lookouts.  View bog species that have adapted to the special acidic

conditions.  Great bird watching opportunities exist along the entire route.

Martin Pond Trail (4.0 km - Moderate)

Hike along granite ridges, part of a complex marsh and swamp wetland.  This marsh is an indication of what beavers can accomplish.  There is always plenty of activity, so be prepared to just sit and watch.  

Plant Biology

Trails Difficult

Coastal Trail (4.4 km - Difficult)

The trail follows bedrock ridges along the coast of Lake Nipissing, offering beautiful views of the West Arm.  The bridge midway along the trail is a perfect spot for a picnic.

Pebble Beach Trail (3.4 km - Difficult)

This trail is accessed by boat or land.  The trail traverses bedrock ridges, winds through forests of jack pine, trembling aspen, red maple and red oack, giving you views of the West Arm of Lake Nipissing and Maskinonje Island.  The return portion is easier, allowing a gentle stroll along an old logging road. 

Muskrat Creek (5 km - Paddle)

The provincially significant wetland can be explored by canoe or kayak from Highway #64.  This large wetland is 2.5 km in length and extends into Lake Nipissing.  It is common to see large birds of prey such as osprey and harriers along the marsh.  This route also provides access to the entire coast of the park. 

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