The conservation lands along the Humber River between Kleinburg and Bolton are in transition, as a master trail plan is currently being finalized by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, with significant input from our HVHTA Kleinburg Chapter. Over the next few years, this lovely area of rolling meadowlands intermixed with forested ravines will no doubt become much better known under a new designation as the Nashville Conservation Reserve.
In the meantime, you are invited to join us for an early autumn hike on the existing loop trail that the HVHTA has maintained with volunteer labour over the past half a dozen years.
Our circular route begins at the well-marked trailhead, and the first leg follows an old road allowance which soon crosses the Humber River over an historic bowstring bridge built in 1923. After half a kilometer or so, we will turn north to enter an older growth forest featuring a number of giant Sugar Maples and Beech trees dating from pioneer days and earlier.
Emerging from the scenic forest, the trail then rises to an upland meadow section which offers sweeping views of surrounding tableland and passes by a pine reforestation plantation. We will re-join the old road allowance for a descent to the valley bottom, and finally re-cross the Humber River to arrive back at our starting point.
The walking pace will be easy, the distance traversed about 4 kilometres. The terrain is hilly in several places, but there are no difficult sections.
Bring your hiking boots, a water bottle, sunscreen, and your camera.
Roland Gatti is current President of Kleinburg Chapter of HVHTA.
From Kleinburg, go west on Nashville Road to Huntington Road and turn north.
From Bolton, go east on Kirby Road to Huntington Rd.
Park at roadside near trailhead at junction of Huntington & Kirby Rds, a couple of kilometres north of Nashville Road (same distance east of Bolton).