Hiking Loop of the Week:

Hendrie Valley

Map with trail route marked

Idling in a deeper pool along the edge of the Grindstone Creek, the metre-long salmon gathers his energy. Suddenly, with a thrust of his tail and a splash of silver, he flips and darts through the upstream rapids.

Download Map trail marker sign with Hickory Valley trail sign visible on top

The autumn salmon run – one of nature’s most astonishing displays of determination – is just one of many opportunities to witness wildlife in action along the 4.5 km Hendrie Valley trail system.

With a range of natural features – from forest to marsh to creek – the valley sanctuary offers a protective home to a diversity of plant, bird, fish and animal species. Pick a path and discover spectacular valley views, and seasonal treasures ranging from spring trilliums to fall colours.

trail marker sign with Hickory Valley trail sign visible on top

Points of Interest

Boardwalk

Elevated a few feet above the Grindstone Creek floodplain, the boardwalk travels through the heart of the valley’s marshland. Lookout points offer sightings of birds, ducks, wading birds, turtles and other marsh creatures.

FIND IT: A barrier-free trail from the Cherry Hill Gate leads to this accessible wooden walkway.

Wetland Restoration

Thanks to an ambitious and successful restoration project undertaken over the last 25 years, majestic great blue herons, egrets and migratory waterfowl are now regular visitors to the Grindstone Marsh. Thousands of recycled Christmas trees have been submerged to create barriers that deter invading carp and help restore the health of the marsh.

FIND IT: Look for the trees and associated signage when you enter from Laking Garden or Valley Inn trailhead.

Fall Colours

The forested slopes of the valley include towering deciduous trees with autumn foliage ranging from glowing golds and coppers to vivid oranges and reds. Abundant tree species in the valley include oak, hickory and black cherry.

FIND THEM: Broad vistas of colour can be seen on most of the trails, including on the North and South Bridle Trails that connect with the boardwalk to make a full loop through the valley.

Directions and Parking

Access the Hendrie Valley trails from the Cherry Hill Gate on Plains Road, across from the RBG Centre, or from Laking Garden.

Parking is available in the lot at Princess Point. Pay and display charges apply ($3/hour to a maximum of $15), or FREE with a valid RBG Parking Pass (included in your Membership, or daily admission to the cultivated garden areas).

Download MapTrails at RBG trail marker sign with Hickory Valley trail sign visible on top