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South Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (1)

A diverse and lengthy hike through interesting rock formations.


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.7

KM

Loop

421' 128 m

High

278' 85 m

Low

458' 139 m

Up

460' 140 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Lake

Description

This trail is a lengthy loop with no early cutbacks, so make sure you're prepared. In particular, the region is rocky and hilly and the sun goes down early in the winter. It's very easy to lose the light! The footing is uneven, although it's not particularly difficult, just a long loop. The eastern side of the loop is a little bit more difficult than the western side.

Take South Loop Access from the parking lot to access this trail. This trail passes through boreal forests through terrain known as the Canadian Shield, and the rocky formations are evident throughout the trail. At the northernmost point in this loop, you'll see a beaver lodge that has created an artificial lake, along with other beaver activity in the area. Be sure to stop at the South Loop Lookout which makes for a nice rest spot halfway. If desired, connect up to the North Loop for a longer hike.

Flora & Fauna

The diversity of the biosphere is evident at Marble Rock Conservation Area which is rich with flora and fauna. Deer, otter, beaver, blue heron, grouse, frogs, interesting insects and wild turkeys can be seen along the trail. Wildflowers, fungi, mushrooms, lichens, mosses, ferns and many species of trees including mature birch are sights to be seen throughout the conservation area.

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Ali Ryder

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Photos

South Loop Lookout
Nov 24, 2020 near Gananoque, ON
One of the interesting rock formations in the area.
Nov 21, 2020 near Gananoque, ON
Beaver lodge
Nov 15, 2020 near Gananoque, ON
Boy crossing a small creek.
Nov 21, 2020 near Gananoque, ON
The forest is quite different in this area from the rest of the trail.
Nov 21, 2020 near Gananoque, ON
Ruins of a building from settler days.
Nov 21, 2020 near Gananoque, ON

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Feb 26, 2022
Ali Ryder
2h 30m
Nov 14, 2020
Ali Ryder