Hiking Trails – Ruthven Park

5 walking trails make discovering nature at Ruthven Park National Historic Site fun and easily accessible. Each trail offers a unique opportunity to view the scenery and get an insight of the flora and fauna found on the property. And situated in a rural landscape, the trails provide a getaway from the noise and crowds of city life. 
The trails are easy terrain, and each identified with a sign describing the path and the length.  

The Riverside Trail (1.4 km) begins and ends in the picturesque landscape, a feature of the history of the site. View the river from various lookouts and get a glimpse of the Greek Revival mansion, a focal point on the site. The trail ends at the Thompson family cemetery but also leads to the Fox Den Trail. This trail takes you closer to the river and at one point has a small beach area where you will have a good view of Slink Island (part of the Ruthven estate).

The Carolinian Woodland Trail (1.51 km) takes you through the forest and along a fresh water stream which flows to the Grand River. In season you will see a variety of native wildflowers in full bloom or the calls of songbirds as you stroll through the trail. On a year-round basis, discover the diversity of trees and woodland plants, and just relax and enjoy nature.

The Butterfly Trail (0.22 km) takes you through the meadow filled with native plants which attract birds and butterflies. A flat trail called the Indiana Trail (0.42 km) is good for an easy walk and can be accessed by wheelchairs. 

There is free parking available as well as public washrooms. There is no fee for walking the trails or grounds at Ruthven; however, donations help support the on-going study, maintenance, and preservation of the site. Donations boxes are located on the grounds.  The trails are open during office hours.

Winter Hours – October 10/17 to May 18/18

The Gate House: (office) open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

The Mansion: by appointment only

Contact Us:
Phone: (905) 772-0560 
Toll-free: (877) 705-7275

Mailing Address: 
243 Haldimand Hwy. #54,
Box 610
Cayuga, ON N0A 1E0