There are definitely times when it is necessary to escape the everyday monotony of life and immerse ourselves in nature. This has not only been a want over the past couple of years, but it has become a necessity for many in order to cope with the daily pressures caused by the pandemic.
I am no different than most others and I too am finding the need to escape more frequently. Lucky for me that I have the perfect spot to escape reality and immerse myself in the beauty of nature right here in My Own Backyard. That place is Huron Natural Area, located smack dab in the middle of Kitchener, the city that I live in.
Where is Huron Natural Area?
Huron Natural Area is home to over 250 acres of forested land which offers over 7 km of trails to explore situated in the middle of the City of Kitchener. Huron Natural Area is the largest green space in the Region of Waterloo and is home to various bird species.
Huron Natural Area is easily accessible from the 401 and free parking can be found at 801 Trillium Drive, Kitchener, Ontario.
As mentioned, parking is free however the lot is not huge. I recommend arriving early in the day in order to get a spot. If the parking lot is full, street parking is available.
Just One Tip: I should mention that entry to Huron Natural Area is free!
Hiking at Huron Natural Area
Huron Natural Area offers the avid hiker her choice of three awesome trails to hike. None of the trails are overly long and all three can be done in the same day.
Huron and Forest Trail Loop
- Rating: Easy
- Distance: 2.7 km
The Huron and Forest Trail Loop is a moderately travelled loop trail and is good for all skill levels. The trail is best used from May to November. The trail is useable throughout the Winter months but can get a bit icy, so crampons are recommended.
Huron and Woodland Trail Loop
- Rating: Easy
- Distance: 4.8 km
The Huron and Woodland Trail loop is a lightly travelled loop trail and is suitable for hiking, biking, and bird watching. Theree are several smaller trails which lead off of the Huron Woodland Trail and during the winter months, it can be easy to get turned around. Dogs are permitted on the trail but must be kept on a leash.
Plantation Trail, Meadow Trail, and Woodland Trail Loop
- Rating: Easy
- Distance: 5.5 km
The Plantation, Meadow and Woodland Trail Loop is a moderately travelled loop trail which leads through fields of beautiful wildflowers during the spring and summer months.
What You Can Expect to See When Hiking at Huron Natural Area
A hike at Huron Natural Area is never boring regardless of how many times you hike there.
The trails will take you around small lakes and rivers, over foot-bridges, through meadows full of wild flowers, and down paths canopied by evergreen trees.
If you are lucky and in the right spot at the right time, you can expect to encounter a bit of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles basking in the sun, beavers swimming through one of the lakes, garter snakes slithering through the tall grass, and many different species of birds, some of which will visit you for a feeding.
What to Bring When Hiking Huron Natural Area?
In addition to the usual day hike essentials, you will want to bring a picnic if you are planning on spending a few hours. There is no store nearby, but there are a few picnic tables located just beside the parking lot.
Not all of the trails are groomed and if you plan on hiking throughout the winter months, I HIGHLY recommend that you bring crampons with you as the trails do get quite slippery.
Are There Washrooms at Huron Natural Area?
Yes. There are washrooms for both men and women located beside the parking lot, but there are no other washrooms throughout the park.
When is the Best Time to Visit Huron Natural Area?
Anytime throughout the year! Huron Natural Area doesn’t close and it is open to the public year round, offering the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the city.
Huron Natural Area is the perfect spot to visit in My Own Backyard!
HAPPY TRAILS 🙂
SAVE TO HIKE AT HURON NATURAL AREA