The Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area, owned by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, includes the McNutt Family Trail and the Richardson Ridge Trail. These trails extend along the escarpment which is a dominant feature in the City of North Bay. The area was originally logged in the 1880s, and was settled and farmed soon after. Much of the escarpment was cleared at this time, with very little old growth forest remaining. Some of the regenerated forest stands are in excess of 75 years old.
Available for download at NBMCA.ca.
Trailhead UTM 620628 mE x 5132757 mN
Ownership North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Management North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Length 6.6 km loops
Activities Fat Biking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing
Difficulty Easy to Moderate, Steep Sections
Level of Development Minimally Developed
Seasons All Season
Rules for Use
- pets must be leashed at all times
- motorized vehicles are prohibited
- removal of trees, shrubs, flowers, and other wildlife is prohibited
From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head northwest on HWY 11/17. Turn right onto Algonquin Avenue/HWY 11, and right onto Airport Road. After about 2 km (1.2 mi), turn right onto Pearce Street. Turn right at Greenhill Avenue, and left onto Janey Avenue where you will see a large parking lot. The trailhead is located behind the ski tower.