Booth’s Rock in Algonquin Park: Trail Report

Booth’s Rock in Algonquin Park: Trail Report

Booth’s Rock Trail is nothing short of magical. Guaranteed to bring out the outdoor wanderlust in us all, this is a must hike trail with endless sights. This trail was selected at near random, and I am OH SO thankful this one jumped out at us. A 5.1km hike of moderate difficulty, with lookouts, rich in history, and a true representation of our expansive foliage, this one is for the books!

Suggested Stops

You must stop at The Moccasin House at Opeongoutfiters south of the East Gates. Filled with beautiful handcrafted goods it’s never been easier to support local. : 29902 Hwy 60, Box 123 Whitney, Ontario K0J 2M0

Important Insights

Daily vehicle permit: $18.00 Valid 9:00A.M. to 10:00P.M; free entrance for military and veterans residing in Ontario Mon-Fri; senior and persons with disabilities discount also available (http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/general_park_info/fees-day-use.php)

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

Booth's Rock trail is within and managed by Algonquin Provincial Park.

GPS Coordinates

45.51830284673269, -78.39934904396956

Street Address

Rock Lake Road, 8 km south of Highway 60, Algonquin Highlands, ON K0J 2M0

Directions

Take the 417 West, continuing on Hwy 17 West. Take Hwy 60 towards Renfrew. Stay on Hwy 60 with signs for Eganville, turning left to remain on Hwy 60 at Bulger and Cobden Rd. Follow Hwy 60 through Madawaska. Stop at the East Gates of Algonquin Park (you can’t miss them!) to obtain a park pass. A short 20 minute drive will bring you to your next left turn onto Rock Lake Road. Follow Rock Lake Road to the end, passing through a campground on your right, to the trailhead.

Parking

Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

Outhouses located at the parking lot.

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

18

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from Ontario Parks.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

1

Total Distance (km)

5

Elevation Gain (m)

184

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands, Interpretive Signs

Activities

Hiking, Geocaching

Dogs

Permitted on-leash: there are a handful of lookouts making this dangerous for even the best-behaved dogs – don’t risk it!

Trail Description

Booth’s Rock Trail had me marveling at the views every turn. THIS is the trail to take when you wanted to be reminded of how wonderful Ontario is and how lucky we are to have such wonderful parks for our use. Grab a guide at the trailhead, which follows a theme of “Man and the Algonquin environment” and weaves a tale through history about Booth’s Rock Trail and its evolution from the 1800s to today. The guide talks about man’s impact on Algonquin Park as we know it and takes you through sites of old farms, expanding lakes, and historical sites. The guide talks about the Barclay Estate, an old estate home, which could be seen amongst the trees with its accompanying tennis courts and docks. Today nothing remains aside from some small remnants of man – take the trail to the left and marker post 10, and explore the point (psst: this is one of the spots where I wish I had a bathing suit and packed a picnic!). The trail concludes taking you through an old abandoned railroad route. While nothing obvious from man remains, armed with some context form the guide and an imagination, you’re sure to marvel at the power of man, but also the power of nature to recover. The interpretive guide provided at the trailhead is an excellent resource – armed with the historical context of the land you’re walking on and the air you’re breathing in is truly what makes this trail magical. Check out post markers 3, 5, 7, and 10 to revel in lakes, ruins, and history. This trail really should be called “Booth’s Lookout Trail” because holy heck, are the lookouts seemingly endless and breathtaking! Overlooking Rock Lake, each at a slightly different vantage, each are a must see. Marker post 7 starts you off, and after that there are various jut outs to other fantastic views over Rock Lake!

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