This trail is located in a floodplain forest dominated by Carolinian plants and animals that are at the northern extent of their range. Stairways, benches, and viewing platforms make nature observing an enjoyable experience.
Cedar Trail (2.3 km)
Features flat terrain, wheelchair accessible except for extension, a viewing platform, and is open year round.
Journey through Oak Savanna, one of the rarest North American habitats. A 1 km trail extension offers access to the shore of Lake Huron by walking through Freshwater Coastal Sand Dunes.
This trail leads you along the Old Ausable Channel. Watch for the ragged bark of the Shagbark Hickories and the seedpods of Bladdernut as you examine the rich diversity of plants along this trail. Parts of the trail can be wet and muddy in spring and fall.
Nipissing Trail (2 km)
Features hilly terrain, stairs, and a viewing platform
This challenging trail leads you to the top of Pinery’s oldest and largest dune ridge, affording a view of most of the Park, Lake Huron, and adjacent farmland. The ridge is an old shore of the glacial Lake Nipissing. Observe the dramatic re-growth of plant life that has occurred after the controlled burn of 1993.
The dense stand of Red Pines is the result of a catastrophic fire in the late 1800’s. This section of forest is very different from the Oak Savanna found throughout most of the Park.
Riverside Trail (1 km)
Features flat terrain, wheelchair accessible, and viewing platforms
Changing from dry upland oak and pine forests to the Old Ausable Channel floodplain, this trail is home to a diverse variety of plants and animals. Explore the trail in springtime to see birds and early-blooming wildflowers. Benches and viewing platforms make this trail ideal for nature watching.
Sassafras Trail (1 km)
Features viewing platform, hilly terrain, stairs and open year round
From the viewing platform at the top of the dune, you might see a soaring turkey vulture. Bring your binoculars! This trail was formerly the Lookout Trail.
Autumn on the Wilderness Trail - Photo by Tom Stewart
Wilderness Trail (3 km)
Features flat terrain, stairs to the beach, and a viewing platform
Pinery’s longest trail takes the visitor through some of the Park’s oldest forest growth. This path wanders through a Red Pine and mixed Oak-Pine forest to the shore of Lake Huron.
Bike and Multi-Use Trail
Savanna Trail (14 km)
This 14-kilometre trail follows a wooded path in a loop around half of the park. Savanna Trail is mostly paved, with some gravel sections, and follows the path of the eastern one-way road to several beach areas and walking trails.
From the Park Store, the trail winds north through Oak Savanna. The trail crosses the main road at the traffic circle, follows the Old Ausable Channel, and joins the Day Use road. The right lane of the road is designated one-way for motorized vehicles, and the Savanna Trail uses the left lane for bicycle and foot travel. Please watch out for car traffic using the left side of the road. A section of the Savanna Trail also extends from the Visitor Centre to Dunes campground, connecting park facilities like the Outdoor Amphitheatre, the Park Store, the Visitor Centre, and the ice cream shop without driving.
The development of the trail was a joint partnership between the Friends of Pinery Park and the Park and opened in June 1997. Be sure to check out the rental bicycles available at the bike rental building located next to the park store.
Cross Country Skiing Pinery
Consider camping or visiting in the winter if you would like a more peaceful experience. When snow conditions allow, you can explore the park on cross-country skis, snow shoes, or ice skates!
Pinery offers walking and snowshoeing trails as well as cross country ski trails for winter visitors. For updates on snow conditions and winter trail maintenance, check the Ontario Parks Snow Report.
Established in 1989, The Friends of Pinery Park is a registered charity dedicated to education, promotion, and preservation of Pinery Provincial Park. Over the years we have undertaken a variety of activities to protect the Park’s rare ecosystem and enhance the experience of visitors to the Park. Among them: research into species at risk, projects to stabilize the freshwater dunes, projects to make the Park’s natural beauty accessible to all, educational programs for children and youth, and much more. Join us!