Gun Creek Trail in Lanark County Community Forest:Trail Report

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.

Suggested Stops

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!

Important Insights

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.

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, if there are corrections please send to

Land Management

Gun Creek Trail in Lanark County Community Forest is managed by Lanark County. 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).

GPS Coordinates

45.063794148929325, -76.51313641529745

Street Address

1378-1672, County Rd 16, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0


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.


Shoulder parking only on North side.

Cell Reception



None. Follow Leave No Trace toileting guidelines



Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map



Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception



Woodlands, Ponds


Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing


Permitted on-leash.

Trail Description

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.

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