Pines Interpretive Trail
|Location||Catherine Avenue, Powassan|
|Trailhead UTM||627031 mE x 5104246 mN|
|Ownership||Cooperative lands owned by a variety of private landowners|
|Management||Municipality of Powassan|
|Length||4.3 km / 2.7 mi|
|Difficulty||easy to moderate|
|Activities||hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing|
|Surface||compacted soil, rock|
Rules for Use
- pets must be leashed at all times
- motorized vehicles are prohibited
- Powassan Mountain rises steeply to the southeast of the trail
- as required
The Red Pine trees, which are the namesake of this trail system, find their home below the northern shoulder of Powassan Mountain, found in the Powassan Mountain Conservation Area, managed by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority. Planted during the 1930s, under the guidance of George Ellesmere, the pines reclaim a burned-out waste of bald rock left behind by lumbermen and fire. Powassan Mountain itself rises steeply to the southeast. The top of the mountain offers visitors a spectacular view of the surrounding highlands and an opportunity to observe the topography of the area.
From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head southeast on HWY 11 for 28 km (17.4 mi). Take exit 316 for Clark Street/HWY 534. Turn right at Clark Street, and right on Main Street. Turn left at Memorial Park Drive East, right at Big Ben Avenue, and left at Catherine Avenue, where you should see the trail sign along the road.