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Samoset Trail

Hiking Trail Snowshoe Trail

Location Mashkinonje Provincial Park, 342 Musky Island Road, south of Lavigne
Trailhead UTM 552882 mE x 5120230 mN
Ownership Ministry of Natural Resources – Ontario Parks
Management Friends of Mashkinonje and Municipality of French River
Length 3.4 km / 2.1 mi
Difficulty easy to moderate
Activities hiking, snowshoeing
Amenities parking, lookout
Surface moderate, rolling

Rules for Use

  • no bicycle or motorized use of trails
  • pets must be kept on a leash
  • removal of natural or historic objects; damage or defacing of property; and litter prohibited under Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act

Safety Considerations

  • the official park status is non-operating and the park is not staffed by Ontario Parks, but it is maintained in partnership with community volunteers
  • in the winter time, access roads may not be ploughed
  • become familiar with backcountry travel and techniques, safety practices, and ethics
  • take appropriate clothing, food, water, navigational aids, and a first aid kit when hiking or paddling
  • protection from biting insects is recommended during spring and summer
  • the park is the natural habitat for moose, bears, wolves, and bobcats, to name a few, so when hiking, pay attention and watch for wildlife

Maintenance

  • twice a year

Description

The trail takes you through jack pine forests, along granite ridges, and across lowland red maple and black ash swamps. Be sure to take your binoculars and watch for waterfowl where the trail meets Samoset Creek. You may even see owls roosting in the dead tree stumps in the swamp.

Directions

From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, take HWY 17 northwest for 44 km (27.3 mi). Turn left at Lavac Road, left again at Beaudry Road, and right at LeClair Road for 6 km (3.7 mi). Turn left onto HWY 64, and travel for 25 km (15.5 mi) until Mashkinonje Provincial Park appears on your right.

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