We often pass a trailhead at Anne Street North and Carson Road, just north of Barrie, and this weekend we decided to stop and see what the trails were like there. In mid October there was still a lot of yellow in the forest, and on a sunny Sunday there were lots of people out with their kids.
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From the south (Barrie):
From the north east:
I won't describe a specific hike, there are trails all through the area, so you can just walk north for a while, then east or west, then back south to the car... instead, I'll include the photos on this page as well. Like many trails, they are obviously snowmobile trails in the winter, and we saw/heard/smelled three ATVs speed by at one point along the main trail, along with a couple of mountain bikers.
The start of the trail has room for a few cars:
We walked north through a thin line of trees, then to the left (west) around the farmers field in the following picture:
In October 2009 the start of the trail had a LOT of garbage around. Not just a few dropped wrappers here and there,
but garbage bags ripped open. People, unfortunately were ignoring the no-trash sign:
Heading north the trail was quite rutted to start with, but before long the path got better, and there wasn't any trash to mention:
We weren't looking for a very long hike, so we took the first side-trail left across the top of the field, through a wonderful forest
that was quite yellow, in October:
The side-trail ended towards the west end of the farmer's field, so we enjoyed the view, turned around and retraced our steps back to the car:
I'm not sure exactly what is north of this trail, running up towards Snow Valley Road. I assume it connects to the Ganaraska Hiking Trail and the 9 Mile Portage Historic Route, but I'll have to go back again another time to figure that out! See this page for details on those and other hikes in the Barrie area.