Thomas P Murray Recreational Trails in Barry’s Bay: Trail Report

Thomas P Murray Recreational Trails in Barry’s Bay: Trail Report

Thomas P Murray Recreational Trails consist of six hiking paths that have incredible panoramic views that you’ll fall in love with. There are fantastic nearby points of interest like a water slide (not what you think) and historic points. Amazing local shops/cafes that you’re sure to enjoy.

Suggested Stops

It was pretty exciting to check out Madawaska Coffee Company in Barry’s Bay. Not only is there maple blend…well, everything in my world, ha ha, but the sandwiches were delicious and exactly what we needed post hike.

Important Insights

Bring a garbage bag, unfortunately the ATV access to the lookout means that there's sometimes garbage. Why pick it up? Because that's the kind of #goodhumanrevolution that we're apart of here.

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

Thomas P Murray Recreational Trails is managed by Madawaska Valley. The use of these trails assumes a level of risk and liability on behalf of the user. YOU must use caution at all times. Emergency and cell phone service may not be available. Please DO NOT LITTER on trails. BE PREPARED to share the trail with other motorized vehicle and/or pedestrian traffic. Weather and trail conditions can change without warning.

GPS Coordinates

45.40993161880311, -77.61228335931737

Street Address

374 Long Lake Rd, Barry’s Bay, ON K0J 1B0

Directions

Take 417W to Renfrew. Follow Hwy 60 into Renfrew then turn left (south) on to Hwy 132. Turn Right on Hwy 41, and then left on Opeongo Rd. Continue until you reach the 512, and turn left towards Foymont ( side note, CFS Foymont is the highest populated town in Ontario). After Brudenell, turn left on LetterKenny Rd (yes, you read that right). Drive past Gorman Lake (pssstt, great place to swim post hike!) and at Harriet’s Corner turn right on County Rd 68 (Rockingham Rd). Turn right on County Rd 62. Take your first right on Old Barrys Bay Rd to reach Crooked Slide Park and the Warsaw Uprising monument. Or continue on the 62 and turn right onto Long Lake Rd to reach trailheads.

Parking

Shoulder parking only on North side.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

None. Follow Leave No Trace toileting guidelines

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from Madawaska Valley.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

6

Total Distance (km)

10

Elevation Gain (m)

90

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands, Marshlands, Ponds

Activities

Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing, Geocaching, Mountain Biking

Dogs

Permitted on-leash.

Trail Description

Gun Mountain Trail: The trailhead on Long Lake Road was non-descriptive. It had a sign stating that it was a Thomas P Murray trail lying on the ground and a black 62 sign on the tree. Thankfully, the trail map online states that the black 62 trail is the Gun Mountain trail to Tom’s Lookout. There are no signs along the trail with the words “gun mountain” or “tom’s lookout”. There are however clear signs that state “scenic lookout” with arrows. The path is actually an ATV trail. A dirt/sand trail that is plenty wide. It is a steady incline to the lookout and could be considered a moderate to difficult level of effort rated trail. There is a bit of a false summit as the trail continue to the right on you final approach to the lookout. Thomas P Murray ViewPoints McGillvary Lookout via McGillvray or Crooked Slide trail: Admittedly we did not find the trailhead at Crooked Slide Park for the Crooked Slide Trail heading up to McGillvray Lookout. That said, there is a second approach using McGillvray Trail off of Chanonhouse Rd. Tom’s Lookout via Gun Mountain (#162) giving views of Halfway Lake and Gun Lake. Really enjoy this hike! And the views. Ouff. Kinda reminded me of being down in the Adirondacks hiking…for those rolling blue/green hills in the distance. This is an excellent view point. I was tired and hot (35’C when we hiked), but coming up upon the lookout made me straight up giddy. Thomas P Murray Features: McGillvary Lookout via MCgillvray or Crooked Slide trail, Tom’s Lookout via Gun Mountain (#162) giving views of Halfway Lake and Gun Lake, Crooked Slide Park with “waterfalls” (see pictures below) along Old Barry’s Rd, Marshes, pond, swamp along McGillvray and Drohan’s trails, and Warsaw Uprising Monument along Old Barrys Bay Rd

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