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Best Hiking Trails In/Around Cambridge Area

What better way to spend the cool fall days than going for a hike? Hiking trails in the Cambridge area are a must-see every fall. Relax and unwind with a day of hiking while taking in the stunning views of fall foliage this season.


Whether you want a short hiking trail for some fresh air or plan a multi-day hiking and camping vacation, the following trails will give you some amazing options for hiking spots in Cambridge.

Best Places For Hiking Trails In Cambridge:


Just south of Galt in downtown Cambridge, you will find the starting point of the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail. The Grand River Conservation Authority manages this 11-mile-long trail. This trail follows the old rail roadbed of the Lake Erie and Northern Railway, between Cambridge and the Town of Paris. The hiking trail offers a simple path for hikers and cyclists and overlooks the Grand River's east banks.


Shade's Mills has been termed the best-kept secret in Cambridge. It offers 7.5 miles of trails that provide plenty of outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, hiking, cycling, and canoeing in the warmer months.


This trail is 1 mile long and runs through sensitive wetlands and is among the best hiking trails for nature lovers. This trail connects to the larger Grand Trunk via a tunnel that passes below George Street North.


This 4-mile trail begins at Riverside Park just off King Street East and finishes by Guelph Avenue, just short of the Mill Pond Trail. It will take you past three mill runs that are channels for water to flow and power a watermill's wheel. The Mill-Run Trail passes through the Chilligo Conservation Area, which the Grand River Conservation Authority maintains.


Starting at the junction of Chopin and Hamilton Streets, this 2-mile trail follows the Speed River's beaches until it joins the Grand River through Linear Park. This trail is also excellent for bird watching, and you can see a variety of butterflies. Finish off this hiking trail at the corner of Bishop Street North and Hamilton Street. You will find a multitude of benches, as well as beautiful views of these two rivers.


The 6.5-mile Grand Trunk Trail follows the Grand River valley as it flows south through Cambridge. While you hike, you can look for the Galt Fossil within the limestone at the Davidson Quarry Rampway. You can enjoy the picnic and boat launch facilities at River Bluffs Park, home of the Cambridge Rowing Club.


Whether you plan for a one-day trip or vacation to Cambridge, explore these beautiful fall hiking trails and make unforgettable memories. Enjoy the hiking trails in and around the Cambridge area this fall season while you stay at Freepoint Hotel. Book your stay with us to explore the best of what Cambridge has to offer.


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