Trail head access points – a sampling.
The following four trail heads comprise a brief listing only of all the places the Avon Trail is accessed along its 121 km length from St. Marys to Conestogo. Try out the trail; if you like what you find, consider purchasing edition 8.0 of the Avon Trail Guide containing detailed information about all trail head locations. The Trail Guide is available online at Shop, or at St. Mary’s Tourist Office, at Stratford Tourist Office or Fanfare Books in Stratford. In Kitchener/Waterloo, at Adventure Guide Inc.(The Boardwalk) and at Wordsworth Books, 96 King St S, Waterloo. Your purchase supports ongoing trail maintenance by dedicated volunteers.
Many trail heads are marked with a small 4” x 4” diamond sign at the road side.
Once at a Trail head, look for and follow the 2” x 6” white blazes (main Trail) painted on trees or poles, or blue blazes for the Stratford Side Trail.
Please respect the Trail Users Code:
• No motorized vehicles or bicycles unless otherwise permitted.
• Hike only along marked routes. Do not take shortcuts.
• Do not climb fences or open gates; use the stiles.
• Respect the privacy of the people living along the trail.
• Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy. Protect trees and shrubs.
• Never strip off bark.
• Protect and do not disturb wildlife or farm animals. Do not feed them.
• Keep dogs on a leash at all times.
• Leave the trail cleaner than you found it. Carry out all litter.
• No camping or fires are permitted.
• Leave only your footprints. Take only photographs.
1. Wildwood CA – on Line 9, about 100 m east of McCully’s Hill Farm on the south side of road (43.267330,-81.080712). Do not park on Line 9 for safety reasons. Park on Line 13 south of Line 9. (43.264993,-81.084523). This is a trail head for the Wildwood Lake Trail (Blue markers) which the Avon Trail follows heading east. This segment of the trail is shared with cyclists. The trail passes x-country through some pine bush mixed with deciduous trees. You will have various turns and come close to Trout Creek near the base of the Wildwood Dam.
2. Oxford Line 29, about 800 m south of the Perth-Oxford Rd. on Line 29, just before the bridge across Wildwood Lake (43.256022,-81.023323). The Trail goes west and east from points within 100 m of each other. Follow the Avon Trail white blazes when heading east from this point. Heading west, along the Wildwood Lake Trail, you will follow the Blue markers.
3. Perth Line 29 about 400 m east of Rd. 111 (43.333797,-80.932663) . Do not park on the road. The landowner asks Hikers to angle-park in the ditch on the left side of the rail fence. The trail turns north following the farm laneway/fence passing through a sugarbush on a track. It veers left off the track as it approaches the edge of a field and passes along a fence line to a second bush and enters it going north. It emerges from the bush and after a few turns reaches a portion of ditch running north-south. The trail eventually crosses over a bridge and then passes north at a fence line to Lorne Ave E (Perth Line 33).
4. Perth Rd. 110, about 500 m south of Line 37/Vivian Rd. or 1.4 km north of Hwy 7/8 (43.383872,-80.912526). The trail heads east just north of the bridge over the Avon River. Travel to the next Concession, Rd. 109 (do not park on Rd. 109 as it is very busy with gravel trucks), cross over the river at the bridge and carry on to Rd. 108, having crossed Line 37 along the way. This route takes the hiker along the Cedar Bush Boardwalk ending on Rd. 108 about 1 km north of Line 37 – about 4 km. There is parking at Rd. 110 and Rd. 108 but not on Rd. 109 or on Line 37 (narrow shoulders).