The Best Hiking Trails in Algonquin Provincial Park


Hiking pathway trail Algonquin Park, Ontario

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 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.



Best Algonquin Park Trails for Beginners and People with Disabilities

  • Spruce Bog Boardwalk

  • 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!

  • Logging Museum Trail

  • 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.


Best Algonquin Park Trails for Intermediate Hikers

  • Whiskey Rapids Trail

  • 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!

  • Beaver Pond Trail

  • This 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.

  • 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!


Man with walking stick looking at Algonquin Park lookout trail


Best Algonquin Park Trails for Experienced Hikers

  • Track and Tower Trail

  • 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.

  • Centennial Ridges Trail

  • 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.



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 fourcornersalgonquin@rogers.com.

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