You may have heard that Algonquin Park has some of the best hiking trails in the country.
Thanks to hiking experts and enthusiasts alike, there are many incredible guides to hiking Algonquin Park.
Starting with Algonquin Park’s official site, you can get the complete list of official trails the park has to offer. But sometimes, in addition to going right to the source, you’re looking for lived experience and recommendations from someone you know - trust us, we get it.
So, for our guests and friends of Algonquin alike, we’ve created a short list of hiking trails in the park that we find ourselves recommending often to visitors.
These hiking trails range from easy to experienced. Whatever your mood or comfort level, there will be a trail for you! And every hike comes equipped with breathtaking views of the natural landscapes, from forests to moving waterways to shining lakes.
So, without further ado, here are the top trails we recommend in the park organized by hiking experience level.
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Interpretive walking trails in algonquin park
Algonquin Park is world famous for many reasons, one being the interpretive walking trails uniquely designed to explore a different ecological aspect of Algonquin.
At the start of every interpretive walking trail in Algonquin Park is a map, and their famous trail guide booklets. Many hikers collect the booklets, and you can even earn and purchase trail patches in the Algonquin Park visitor centre after you complete each hike.
Best Algonquin Park Trails for Beginners and People with Disabilities
Did you know that there were such things as “spruce bogs” until this moment? Well, you can see them live on this 1.5 km loop! Spruce Bog Boardwalk is an accessible hiking trail in Algonquin Park, with flat pathways and a beautiful boardwalk you can enjoy a slow paced hike along. If you have a wheelchair or a stroller, this Algonquin Park trail is a great fit! We highly recommend Spruce Bog Boardwalk for beginners. You can learn more about Spruce Bog Boardwalk here.
An interactive trail with old-fashioned trains, this is a hit with kids and adults alike! This 1.3 km trail is marked as easy, good for all ages and abilities.
The Logging Museum Trail is another accessible hiking trail in Algonquin Park. If you have a wheelchair or a stroller, you can enjoy a slow paced, easy stroll along the trail. You can learn more about Logging Museum Trail here.
Best Algonquin Park Trails for Intermediate Hikers
This is one of our all-time favourite trails to do near the West Gate of Algonquin Park. A 2.1 km loop trail with views of the Oxtongue River and the Whiskey Rapids. With a name like that, it sounds like a party for intermediate hikers! The sounds of the rapids are so peaceful, and the water views are unforgettable. If you're looking for a hiking trail in Algonquin Park near the West Gate, we highly recommend this one! You can learn more about Whiskey Rapids Trail here.
We might be biased, but we think this is one of the BEST hiking trailing in Algonquin Park. With beautiful boardwalks, stunning views and places to take in a beaver dam and beaver lodges, this Algonquin Park hiking trail does not disappoint!
Beaver Pond Trail is a 2.0 km loop with views of two beaver ponds and the fascinating education on beaver pond ecology you didn’t know you needed. You can learn more about Beaver Pond Trail here.
If you're looking for a great fall hiking trail in Ontario, then look no further than Big Pines Trail! This trail is pretty level, and the loop is just under 3 kms long. See the remains of an 1880s logging camp and enjoy stunning fall colours as you hike!
You can learn more about Big Pines Trail here.
Best Algonquin Park Trails for Experienced Hikers
Algonquin Park is a dream for advanced or experienced hikers along with backcountry campers.
If you're looking for two unforgettable advanced hikes, learn more about these two notable hiking trails below.
Are you looking for a more advanced hiking trail that will offer incredible views around every turn?
This 7.5 km loop will take you upward for a gorgeous view of the park over Cache Lake. You’re heading upward, so the trail is marked as difficult. You can learn more about Track and Tower Trail here.
This trail is a demanding (but worth it, if you’re looking for an adventure) 10.4 km loop that will give you views over two high ridges over the park.
Trail maps are provided when you visit the park (and online - here!). Please make sure you check the experience level before you begin your trek - and always make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for the trails. You can learn more about Centennial Ridges Trail here.
Algonquin Provincial park photos: View from the trail
If you're looking for some hiking inspiration or views to see what some of the hiking trails in Algonquin Park look like, take a look at our mini-gallery below. These are just a few views you can hope to enjoy when you plan your next hike in Algonquin Park.
A note on hiking safety
Trail conditions can change fairly extensively depending on the weather. For example, Bat Lake Trail, which we did not include on this list, is a moderate trail that in good conditions offers incredible sights and experiences.
However, due to the elevation and specific geography of this trail, during rain, it can become incredibly difficult to navigate even for an experienced hiker. Always be aware of the weather when you head-out and ensure that you have the right gear and equipment for the elements.
Another word to the wise? Plan your excursion so you can be off the trail at least a half hour before sunset. Dark sets into the forest very quickly when the sun goes down.
A note on accessible hiking
Here are Four Corners Algonquin we are dedicated to removing as many barriers as possible to help as many people as possible get closer to nature. Thanks to a grant from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund, we can lend our trail (and beach!) accessible wheelchairs out for guests and visitors at no charge.
If you are interested in an experience in and around Algonquin, but aren’t sure if it's for you, or may not have the equipment to navigate the terrain, please contact us directly at email@example.com.