Originally, while creating the ‘A 2020 Guide to Hiking Trails in Ottawa and Region“, Summerstown trails were somehow missed, it was a reader that pointing it out! Many thanks, because this is a go to trail system in Stormont, Dundas, and Glengary with good reason.
And if you haven’t gotten you copy yet, go go go! It’s only the price of a fancy latte and 25% of sales are going to mental health programs and charities.
Anyways, outdoor lovers rejoice, you can wander and explore your heart out at Summerstown Trails!
The Low Down
- Distance from Ottawa: 110kms (1hr 15mins)
- GPS Coordinates: Unknown.
- Address: 6150 County Rd 27, Williamstown, ON K0C 2J0
- Directions: Hwy 417 East. Take exit #51 and turn right (south) onto County Rd 20. Continue until Martontown then turn left (est) on County Rd 18. Turn right (south) on County Rd 27. In 8kms parking lot will be on right.
- Entrance Fee: Free.
- Parking: Large gravel parking lot.
- Trailhead: Trailheads start 100m from parking.
- Number of Trails: 10-20 trail variations.
- Total Distance of Trails: up to approx 20kms.
- Elevation Gain: 40m
- Washrooms: No washrooms.
- Cell Reception: Yes.
- Season: All seasons.
- Features: Multiple trail systems. Forest and wetlands.
- Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, groomed cross country skiing, fatbike.
- Dogs: Permitted on leash.
- Suggested Stops: local attraction St-Rapheal’s Ruins, vegan cafe and treats at Simply Jennifer in Cornwall. Drive along the Long Sault Parkway and take hwy 31 (Bank St) back to Ottawa.
- Nearby Hikes: Cooper Marsh Conversation Area.
- More Information: Visit The Friends of the Summerstown Trails.
In Good Company
Amazingly enough, there was only one other hiker and one mountain biker on the trails when I went to explore. Even though it was mid morning, most people are off, and it prime hiking time. Mind. Blown.
So I chatted a little with the one hiker, comparing trail notes since we took different paths.
The truth is that the pathway system is vast enough that you can enjoy the entirety without seeing a soul even though there are some cars in the parking lot.
Summerstown Trails 10, 14, 15
The trailhead has a large map outlining the trails and uses for each. There are several different combinations possible.
Hiking the 10, 14, 15 route is a beautiful 3.5kms through woodlands. Even though there are several intersecting points, the trails are clearly marked with yellow signs to guide you.
The path itself is narrow (one person only) and lined with trilliums.
There is a rest stop along the 14 at the major intersection (you’ll know it when you reach it).
Like most trails in Ontario with wetlands, it can get buggy in the summer. Not horrible for the spring though, as long as you have bug spray. The fall and winter are best, but that’s a personal bias for bug free hikes!
Summerstown Trails Features
The most loved aspect of this trail system is that a) it’s vast, allowing you to choose how long to hike and b) you can fully immerse yourself in nature here. Another bonus? All-the-trilliums in the spring.
There are a decent 10kms of fat bike trails. Plus groomed 20+ kms worth of classic and skate ski trails. Oh, and 12+ kms of snowshoe trails. 🙂
Summerstown Trails ViewPoints
No viewpoints/lookouts yet plenty of scenery to enjoy while exploration the forest paths.
Plenty of birds bringning the forest alive, but what caught me off guard on this one was the garden snakes. Lazy dazy little guys that were suntanning on the dirt path.
No nearby accommodation recommendations.
Nourish Thy Self
There are plenty of food stop in Cornwall, including Simply Jennifer which is a popular vegan cafe.
What a week gang! Took it off the rejuvenate in nature and it feels soooooo good. Already hiked local spots like Warwick Forest and Oschmann Forest. A few more are lined up for the weekend, working hard to add another 80 individual trail hiking guides to the Trail Finder Map! It’s time to get outside. While maintaining social distancing though, and keep it local.
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