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5 Best Hiking Trails in York Region

5 Best Hiking Trails in York Region

Searching for the best hiking trails in York Region to do a scenic walk at?

Whether you’re just looking to do a nice walk or get some actual vigorous exercise, you’ll definitely enjoy these hiking trails in York Region.

Remember to wear sunscreen and bug spray, pack plenty of water, and check for ticks (if you’re hiking during the warmer months!)

Here are some of the best York Region hiking trails to visit all year-round.

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Best hiking trails in York Region


York Regional Forest in Newmarket, Ontario

York Regional Forest

Perfect for hiking through all year-round, the York Regional Forest features over 150 km of trails to explore on its 2,500 hectares of land.

Whether you’re exploring the fall foliage or trekking through the winter snow, it’s an absolutely stunning (and Instagrammable) spot to visit in York Region.

There are 22 public forest tracts you can enter through, which you can peep out on AllTrails.

It’s also completely free to enter, and open 365 days of the year!

Dogs are allowed on-leash, and there is an off-leash area for them.


Boyd Conservation Park

Boyd Conservation Park is a weekend-only park that’s perfect for hiking and picnicking.

There are tons of picnic benches and shaded areas that are perfect for munching on a post-hike snack.

Dogs are allowed on-leash, and there are washroom facilities on-site.

There are entrance fees for the park, which I’ve highlighted below:

  • Adults: $6.80
  • Children: $4.60
  • Seniors: $5.90
  • Toddlers: free
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LOCATION: 8739 Islington Ave, Vaughan, ON


Sugarbush Heritage Park in Thornhill Woods, Vaughan, Ontario

Sugarbush Heritage Park

Sugarbush is a lovely and quiet little forest right in the heart of the Thornhill Woods neighbourhood.

I love how it’s like a little nature escape right in the middle of the suburbs!

Sugarbush is a stunning spot to hike in all year-round, but it’s especially beautiful when the trees are coated in fall colours.

Sugarbush Heritage Park in Thornhill Woods, Ontario

It’s a pretty easy and mostly flat 2.4 km unpaved trail, with plenty of locals doing their daily walks in the park.

Washroom facilities are also available in the Historic Baker House by the parking lot.

LOCATION: 91 Thornhill Woods Dr, Thornhill, ON


Rouge Valley Park

Rouge Valley Park is a quiet forested trail that takes you along the Rouge River.

There are plenty of beautiful views along the trail, especially if you visit during the fall months to see all the foliage!

The trail begins at Toogood Pond by Main Street Unionville, and ends at Milne Conservation Park near Highway 7 & McCowan.

LOCATION: 50 Charlotte Angliss Rd, Markham, ON


Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve

The Oak Ridges Trail is a simple hike in Richmond Hill that loops around Bond Lake.

It offers up gorgeous, scenic views you really wouldn’t expect to see in suburbia.

The 175-hectare conservation reserve features mature forests, wetlands, meadows, and kettle lakes.

The trail is open year-round, but like most forested trails, I personally think it’s the most beautiful during the fall with all the leaves changing!

There are also some abandoned buildings along the trail, which makes for some pretty cool photos.

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Take note that there aren’t any bathrooms or waste bins on-site, so pack out what you pack in!

LOCATION: 12461 Bathurst St, Richmond Hill, ON


Best hiking trails in York Region:

  1. York Regional Forest
  2. Boyd Conservation Park
  3. Sugarbush Heritage Park
  4. Rouge Valley Park
  5. Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve

These were some of the best hiking trails to visit in York Region, for all levels!

Have you hiked at any of these York Region hiking trails? What are some other great spots to go hiking? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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