Splitrock Narrows Nature Reserve - A Fall Feature Hike
Hike Length: 2.6 km
Bruce Trail section: Dufferin Hi-Land
Bruce Trail Reference Map 19
(Please note: some of this route is not yet reflected in the Bruce Trail Reference ed. 28)
The Splitrock Narrows Nature Reserve was secured by the Bruce Trail Conservancy thanks to our generous donors in 2012.
This hike boasts rocky outliers, steep cliffs, long views, a glacial spillway, and an impressive crevice system for which Splitrock Narrows is named.
From the parking lot, follow the blue-blazed Splitrock Side Trail. The Trail starts along a farm pasture and slopes into a cool, moss covered crevice system (signed the Narrows Side Trail - a 105 m dead-end side trail following the floor of the Splitrock Narrows crevice. This feature was created by an effect known as cambering; a process that widens cracks into crevices through freeze-thaw action). 420 million year old crinoid fossils can also be found along the walls of the crevice.
After exploring this dead-end side trail, continue on the Splitrock Narrow Side trail for sweeping fall colour valley views and a delightful passage through a beautiful example of prime Niagara Escarpment forest. When you reach the 2nd Line you can walk back to your car along the road, or loop back to the Narrows via the Ralph Tremills Side Trail and retrace your steps back to your car on the Splitrock Side Trail.
How to get there:
Splitrock Narrows Nature Reserve is
Parking for Splitrock Narrows Nature Reserve is at N - 80.0838°, W 44.0750°
Highway 10, proceed north past Orangeville to the 25th Sideroad and
turn right. Proceed to the 2nd Line EHS and turn left. The parking lot
is approximately 1 km north of 25th Sideroad on 2nd Line.
From Airport Road, proceed north past the Hockley Valley to the 25th Sideroad and turn left. Proceed to the 2nd Line EHS and turn right. The parking lot is approximately 1 km north of 25th Sideroad on 2nd Line.
Map and description (c) Bruce Trail Conservancy. Current as of October 2015.
The route of the Bruce Trail can change. Please check our Trail Reroutes page for any changes to Map 19, or Splitrock Narrows.