The Niagara Escarpment is a 725 kilometre backbone of limestone stretching right through our neighbourhood and is home to cliff faces, rare plant life and ancient cedars. In the Beaver Valley, one limestone cliff on the Escarpment is known as Old Baldy, a favourite lookout on the Bruce Trail near Kimberley.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named the entire Niagara Escarpment a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990. The entire area stretches from Lake Ontario (near Niagara Falls) to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula – located within portions of eight counties, including 22 municipalities. The designation recognizes the Niagara Escarpment as an internationally significant ecosystem for its special environment and unique environmental plan.
A section of the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail, opened in Fall, 2008, brings the Bruce Trail right to Flesherton’s doorstep – at the East Back line near Hogg’s Falls. This new portion of the Bruce Trail is an additional 30 kms and is called the Falling Water Trail, for the numerous waterfalls along the way. The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest foot path and follows the Niagara Escarpment.
Flesherton Village enjoys two unique trail areas right in the Village; the Flesherton Forest, and the Flesherton Hills.
The Flesherton Forest has a figure 8 loop trail through an easy walking area that features a stream, hardwood and cedar forest, ferns, open views and old meadows. The Forest is accessible at the end of Highland Dr, past the Arena, in a Grey Sauble Conservation Management Area.
The Flesherton Hills is a 100 acre tract of walking trails behind Grey Highlands Secondary School (GHSS) and Macphail Memorial Elementary School and accessible to the public. Features include a picnic pavilion, ponds, a beaver dam, forests, fields, an old orchard and new trees planted and maintained by the Environmental Studies Program (ESP) students at GHSS. A map of the trails and some geological information is posted at the entrance to the Hills.
You can read more about specific places for hiking and walking in south Grey County, including the Beaver Valley, on the theFlesherton.ca, our media sponsor.
Click here to download the Walking Village flyer 2014 (2 pages 8.5″x14″ each)