Loxton Beaver Trail

South River


Originally built and maintained for winter use as a cross-country ski trail, the trail is now also available as a hiking trail. Be advised that much of this trail has fallen into disrepair over the years as the volunteers with the Forgotten Trails Association have not been able to keep up with any regular maintenance. The majority of this trail is moderately difficult with challenging climbs and descents and signage may be no longer be present making navigation a challenge.

The trail meanders through a mixed coniferous and deciduous forest. This route will take adventurous hikers past Loxton Lake and Beaver Lake, and through various terrain including bogs, fens, and marshlands. At one point, the path emerges at the Loxton Dam, which is a soothing spot to take a break, and dangle hot, tired feet in cool water before continuing on your hike.

The trail is part of the Forgotten Trails Association’s network of ecologically sustainable trails managed for the purpose of non-motorized recreational trail activities by volunteers.

Download a copy of the Forgotten Trails Map.

Trailhead UTM 637811 mE x 5087167 mN
Ownership Crown Land
Management Forgotten Trails Association
Length 8.5 km loop
Activities Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Level of Development Minimally Developed
Surface Compacted Soil, Mixed Gravel

Rules for Use

  • do not throw garbage into the forest or along the trails
  • please respect ‘No Trespassing’ signs on adjacent private property and follow the trails as marked


From the Village of South River turn east at Ottawa St. and continue onto Chemical Road for approximately 17.9 km (11.1 mi). The trail is located on the left side of the road, though signage may not be visible.

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.