Kennebec Wilderness Trails near Arden: Trail Report

Kennebec Wilderness Trails near Arden: Trail Report

Kennebec Wilderness Trails is one of those gems that you whizz by driving likely too fast on hwy 7 with over 7kms of ridiculously well marked trails that go up and down and up again! Through wooded areas, open fields, past creeks, ponds, and view points.

Suggested Stops

There are so many great stops nearby, if you wanted to add another hike – check out the Trail Finder Map to see what the options are. Otherwise I’d suggest either stopping at Cardinal Cafe & Shops in Sharbot Lake or any place in Perth for some post hike fuel.

Important Insights

No motorized vehicles, camping, hunting, or fires is permitted.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Mississauga, Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin), and Wendake-Nionwentsïo 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

This property is managed by the Central Frontenac. Located within Frontenac County, Kennebec Wilderness Trails is a 156-acre property that’s owned by the Township of Central Frontenac. A group of community volunteers care for and maintain the trails.

GPS Coordinates

44.747901931348146, -76.9184501446929

Street Address

936 Hwy 7, Central Frontenac, ON K0H, Canada


Take Hwy 417 West to Hwy 7 and continue on Hwy 7 for 115 kms. Destination is on the right (and super easy to blow by).


Medium parking lot at trailhead.

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

Available from Central Frontenac.


Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception



Woodlands, Marshlands, Ecological Significance, Interpretive Signs, Ponds


Hiking, Birding, Geocaching


Permitted on-leash.

Trail Description

To make the most out of hiking the area, I opted to hike counter clockwise for a large 4.5km loop. There’s no worries about getting lost as all of the trails are extremely well marked. The terrain can be rough in spots and the elevation dips/gains (80+m) can be challenging for some. Good hikers is recommended. Because of the lower terrain and fields, best to avoid this trail during spring’s short ‘mud season’ so that no damage is done to the environment (or yourself from slipping). It get very muddy here.

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