Day 3 of my birthday weekend adventures, and that means it’s actually my birthday! Which also means it’s time to head home, so boo. But before we do that, we make a quick stop at Rural Rocks side trail.
Rural Rocks is a Bruce Trail side trail, but it’s not actually linked to the main Bruce Trail. That doesn’t make this any less of a destination to check out!
There are a few parking spots at the trail entrance, on Northacres Road. Careful not to block the road as it appears there is an active farm across the street, and in season, Rural Rootz is open to the public as well.
The trail starts by climbing. Always up.
Then you’re in this rock jungle gym of sorts. It is a very interesting place to climb around, and through.
Sometimes you go over, sometimes you go under.
Beware of tree-disintegrating carebears.
At some point we took a wrong turn and lost the Rural Rocks side trail (blue blazes), but we just followed the red blazes which lead us in to the centre of Rural Rootz proper.
They have some really neat features around here, and I’m sure the gardens are absolutely beautiful in season.
Even out of season it’s a very pretty place. But we didn’t hang around long since we weren’t entirely certain if we were supposed to be there.
We cut directly through the center and picked up another trail that, by my map, lead directly back to the Rural Rocks side trail on the other side of the property.
Which it did. After a little bushwacking. It’s all good. The side trail loops around the top of the property, along a little bog area, with a pretty little boardwalk.
I mean, it looks pretty, but it was a little questionable in some places. Still better than some others we’ve ventured across. And somehow we’re still here.
At some point through the winter a storm did cause some damage, as witnessed in other areas of the trail. But this one was the only one that was a real hindrance.
Leading back to the Northacres Road, the trail follows the clearing for the telephone poles back the street.
You can skip out of the last leg of the trail at that point. But that’s not what we’re here for.
It’s the same distance, just a lot rockier and tree-y-er inside the trail. Just as I like it.
Now it’s time to head home.. and get some birthday cake!