Gun Creek Trail in Lanark County Community Forest – Trail Report

The Lanark County Community Forest trail is also known as Gun Creek Trail locally. Its a peaceful 2.5km loop hike through the forest with with minimal elevation and a picnic spot by the creek. It’s a family friendly trail, normally quite quiet, and a great spot to practice tree identification.

Gun Creek Trail Lanark

All The Trail Details

  • Distance from Ottawa: 85 kms (1hr ) 
  • GPS Coordinates: 45.06514235615696, -76.51302555579585
  • Address: 1378-1672, County Rd 16, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
  • Directions: From Hopetown, head West on the 511 and take the first left (South) on South Lavant Rd. You’ll see the Lanark Community Forest sign clearly on your right.
  • Entrance Fee: Free.
  • Parking: Roadside parking only. Try to park near the sign for widest shoulder. Do not park on the east (opposite) side of the road (private property) and do not block forest entrance (service road).
  • Trailhead: Unmarked, please see pictures and descriptions below.
  • Number of Trails: 1
  • Total Distance of Trails: 2.5km loop
  • Elevation Gain: 27m
  • Washrooms: None. Leave No Trace toileting guidelines must be used. Leave no trash or waste behind.
  • Cell Reception: Yes.
  • Season: All seasons. Open 7:30 a.m. to dusk daily.
  • Features: Pond views, River views, Forestlands.
  • Activities:Hiking, snowshoeing.
  • Dogs: Permitted on leash.
  • Suggested Stops: Depending on you’re route home, Almonte and Perth are great post hike options to enjoy a meal.
  • Nearby Hikes: Blueberry Mountain, Baird Munro.
  • More Information: There is little to no information currently available for this hike.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the 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 them. 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 and in respect of other hikers).

What to Bring

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

  • Bug spray and tick key: As with much of Ontario, there is a tick and lyme disease presence in Lanark County meaning that it’s best to follow tick protocols. 
  • Waste bag: What you hike in with, you hike out with. That’s the golden rule, and if you see anything that’s not part of nature (like food wrappers) kindly pick it up to throw out later.

Gun Creek Trail

Start your hike at the obvious entrance (service road) and then left almost immediately to follow the blue plastic tree shaped trail markers to hike this trail clockwise.

The trail is clearly marked by the blue markers although in the spring/summer sometimes you have to stand at a marker and scan the area to find the next one. The trail is a narrow forest trail and prone to overgrowth.

When hiking clockwise you’ll follow the trail through the forest, with plenty of wildflowers and knarly old trees. On the descent, you’ll discover the pond and creek. There’s a picnic table along the creek giving you a viewpoint of the ‘rapids’. Then it’s back up through the forest to the entrance.

Stops and Shops

Almost Hopetown is a small area with no shops/stops, there is a gas station there for any immediate needs. There are other nearby trails that you can combine with this hike or you can opt to go discover Perth or Almonte for the day!

Wrapping Up

This spot is a beloved community favourite. Kindly respect the trail and community by staying on trail, picking up trash, leaving no trash, following Leave No Trace guidelines, and any rules posted by the trail managers.

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