Beckwith Trail (Goodwood Marsh) near Carleton Place – Trail Report

Beckwith Trail is comprised of Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail and 6 ‘branch’ trails totaling over 12kms worth. Where is Beckwith Trail?!? In Beckwidth Townships, south of Carleton Place. If you’re looking for a family friendly, dog friendly, even grounded trail with all the trees and birds – then this is an easy win.

Beckwith Trail Goodwood Marsh

The Low Down

  • Distance from Ottawa: 50 kms (35 mins) 
  • GPS Coordinates: Unknown.
  • Address: 1319 9th Line RR#2, Carleton Place, ONK7C 3P2
  • Directions: Hwy 417 West. Take Hwy 7 towards Carleton Place. Turn left (South) on Hwy 15. At Black Corners turn left on 9th Line. Drive past the school on right. Beckwith Park ahead on right.
  • Entrance Fee: Free.
  • Parking: Large parking lot behind the football field.
  • Trailhead: Located at the parking lot.
  • Number of Trails: 2 main trails in Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail and 6 additional branches.
  • Total Distance of Trails: 4.5kms total
  • Elevation Gain: None.
  • Washrooms: Washrooms available between the heritage buildings and the soccer fields.
  • Cell Reception: Yes.
  • Season: All seasons. Dawn till dusk. 
  • Features: woodlands, marshlands.
  • Activities: Hiking, birding.
  • Dogs: Permitted on-leash. See the Ultimate Guide to Hiking with Dogs in Ottawa and Region.
  • Suggested Stops: Arnprior (check out the cafe at the Gallery)
  • Nearby HikesPoole Family Nature Reserve
  • More InformationVisit Beckwith Township for more information and trail map.

Land acknowledgement

These are the ancestral lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com

Land Management

This property is within Lanark County and managed by Beckwith Township. Kindly respect the trail guidelines by keeping your dog on-leash, carrying out all trash, and staying on the trail (no off trail roaming to protect ecological efforts).

What to Bring

Besides the 10 essentials and what I would normally suggest for hikes, here are the highlights for this particular hike:

  • Winter: Poles and microspikes, especially in late winter when the weather is more mild and the snow gets packed (fall risk).
  • A bird identification card: there is plenty to wander and observe on these trails.

Beckwith trail - Goodwood Marsh nature Trail

The entrance to the Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail is located at the far end of the open field behind the football field. You can see the trailhead signs and gate at the forest edge. This sounds like a Dr. Seuss riddle, but you’ll see it makes sense when you get there.

The Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail is a wide 4.5km trail if you do the outter loop and then the inside trail (recommended). I hiked the outer main loop counter clockwise, came out by the soccer fields, then dipped back in to the center trail for a total of 4.5kms.

Plenty of bird watching opportunities and birdhouses along the path.

The 6 branches of this trail system are located nearby and can be combined for a longer hike.

  • Shady branch: 1.5km
  • Doherty branch: 2.5km
  • McTavish branch: 1.5km
  • McDiarmid branch: 1.6km
  • McGregor branch: 0.5km
  • CJ’s branch: 0.75km

Winter Note: Shady and McTavish Branches are shared trails with snowmobiles.

Stops and Shops

Have you tried Smokebox Catering in Carleton Place yet? Located at 333 Townline Road East, it’s a food truck that soooooo much more than a food truck. They cater events and festivals and sometimes offer delivery. You have to be quick though, they tend to sell out fast.

 

Wrapping Up

Beckwith Trail with it’s Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail are a good example of how some of us didn’t realize how many great trails there were so close to home. For everyone in the area, have you been to the Poole Family Nature Reserve yet? That’s another shorter trail with ecological significance to explore off of Scotch Line Rd.

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