Oschmann Forest is a little know gem of a trail in Winchester. Only 40 mins from downtown Ottawa and it is the perfect trail to bring you littles on a family hike! Not to mention plenty of nearby options for a second hike, beach swims, and cafes if you want to make a day of it.
Cup of Jo’s in Winchester, Brewed Awakenings in Kemptville, and if you’re up for more post hike adventure then icecream at Docksyde in Morrisburg by the water front or swimming at Iroquois beach.
Robust strollers and wheelchairs only as this is a dirt pathway with some roots and bridges.
50kms (40mins) from Ottawa. From downtown Ottawa, you can either take Bank St all the way to Harmony and torn left (east) on Ormond road or take Hwy 417 East. Exit #69 at Boundary Rd. Turn right (south) on Boundary Rd (turns into Gregoire Rd) driving 45kms into Marionville. At the T junction, turn right (SW) on Marionville Rd. Take the 2nd left on Rodney Ln. Turn Right on Ormond Rd. Parking lot and Trailhead are on the right.
The Oschman Forest trail is a well maintained dirt path through a forest of maple trees and trillium flowers. The pathway is 1-2 person wide and well marked. It takes you for a 1.2km loop of the mini forest. This is an excellent spot for family hikes since it is relatively short, no elevation, and is interpretive.
Interpretive Trail: One thing that South Nation Conservation is definitely good at, is maintaining and providing excellent signage to it’s hiking trails. This trail has signage along the pathway provide insights and education on the flora and maple production.
Maple Production and Education: There is a heritage sugar shack onsite that was used until the early 2000s by the Oschmann family. In the spring, you can actually see the sap flowing through the collection lines.
Trilliums: Well now, in the spring, the vibrant greens from the new buds on maple trees and the trilliums lining the forest floor are fierce. I dare say, even a little magical. Mostly white trilliums with a few rose coloured ones here and there.