The Grand River Trail

Yellow swallowtail on echinacea. Photo courtesy of Martin Mcreath.

Yellow swallowtail on echinacea. Photo courtesy of Martin Mcreath.

The Grand River and its major tributaries, the Nith, Conestogo, Speed and Eramosa Rivers, flow through the heartland of southern Ontario.  Meandering by farms, towns and cities, winding through marshes and forests, it is the common thread that links a harmonious blend of natural and cultural landscapes.

The Grand River Trail is a marked footpath stretching more than 275 km between Rock Point Provincial Park on Lake Erie to the town of Alton.

Get the Trail MapThe Grand River Trails Association is a non-profit organization administered by a ten-member board of directors, elected each year at the annual general meeting.  The mandate of the association is to build and maintain hiking trails in the Grand River Valley.

Name The Grand River Trail
Description The Grand River hiking trail follows the Grand River Valley 275 km south from the Bruce Trail near Alton to Rock Point Provincial Park on Lake Erie.
Activities Hiking, walking, snowshoeing, and backcountry.
Location The Grand Valley Trail is a 275-km main trail stretching from Rockpoint Provincial Park on Lake Erie (south of Dunnville) to the top of the pinnacle in Alton, a small village near Orangeville.  Alton is about 80 km northwest of downtown Toronto.  The trail crosses roads at many points along its length (listed in the club’s guidebook).
Maps Purchase GVTA Guide
Parking Yes
Trail Head Port Maitland 42.866035,-79.565699
Trail End Alton 43.860379,-80.068796
Distance 275 km
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Surfaces Natural
Amenities Several towns along the way
Landmarks The Grand River valley
Cost Membership in the GVTA helps support the trail.
Trail Web Site Grand Valley Trail Association
Walk and Roll Peel
Closest Town Alton

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