Black Walnut Trail – Short Hills Provincial Park

Short Hills Provincial Park is the largest park in the Niagara Region. It’s part of an environmentally significant area known as the Fonthill Kame Moraine. A kame is an irregular hill of sand, gravel and silt which accumulates in a depression on a retreating glacier, and is then deposited on the land surface as the glacier melts. (Ontario’s Green Belt Website)

Within the 660 hectare boundaries of Short Hills Provincial Park, there are seven trails designated as multi-use or hiking only, and an accessible path called the Paleozoic Trail that affords views of Swazye Falls.

Today, we will be exploring the Black Walnut Side Trail.

This trail runs through the bush and forms a really nice 5 kilometer route.

I absolutely loved running this trail.

It was very well marked and easy to follow.

At this point, I wasn’t exactly sure which way to go, but just a little further down the trail the yellow arrow markings reassured me that I was still running my intended route.

The trail continued across a small street.

There were several small hills like this one along the way. Maybe that is why this park is named Short Hills.

I really enjoyed running this trail and plan to return soon to try all of the trails. I would really like to see the waterfall that is here too. Maybe next time.

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2 Comments on Black Walnut Trail – Short Hills Provincial Park

  1. Hi Chase .. I decided it was ok to come on to comment … we had black walnuts here in the Kew American Garden at the British Museum recently ..

    But I love your trail here – looks just such a lovely place … cheers Hilary

  2. Hi Hilary,

    It was a wonderful trail to run. I hope to get back there soon.

    I didn't even know there were different types of walnuts. But that's an interesting connection. Thanks for sharing!

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