Bayview Escarpment Nature Reserve
Bayview Escarpment Provincial Nature Reserve Trail
Total Distance: 5km
Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Access Points: Sydenham/ St. Vincent townline (NW of Meaford). Located off Highway 26 on the St. Vincent Sydenham Townline.
Directions: Hike this loop in a counter clockwise direction. Take the old cart track which heads to the northeast and enter the Nature Reserve by the steel gate. The track passes through a pine plantation and then moves into a forest as the trail gradually climbs northeast towards the Escarpment. After about 2 km, watch for Bruce Trail blazes and the left turn sign, taking you to the edge of the Escarpment with some wonderful views across the Meaford Canadian Forces Base to Georgian Bay. Follow the blazes north, then west and eventually south to return to your car.
Highlights: Features crevice caves and other geological features typical of the escarpment including exposed Silurian and Ordovician bedrock strata, marshy swamp at the base of the escarpment. The reserve is best suited for viewing nature. This park is part of the Niagara Escarpment Parks System and the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.
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