Algonquin Provincial Park is full of great trails for its visitors to hike along, and many of them have breathtaking views. I can’t personally speak for the interior (backcountry) trails, but I can definitely speak of the corridor trails.
It’s with great confidence that I can say one of the best trails within Algonquin is the Two Rivers Trail.
One of the best things about this trail is the close proximity to our campground, Lake of Two Rivers. It’s a hop, skip and a jump from the campground. There’s no excessive driving in order to get to it.
Each of the Algonquin trail entrances has a booth with informational booklets that walk you through each trail. These booklets point out special features and give interesting facts about how came to be how it is today.
Back in the day, when our kids were younger, we would take our time through these trails, stopping at each of the various posts, and read from the booklet. Since we’ve been through this particular one so many times, we often skip the booklet now and just go for the exercise. But there’s no denying the spectacular views that this trail has to offer.
What many people don’t realize is that many parts of the park and forest have are a result of past devastating forest fires. Park volunteers regularly check the trail conditions. They report fallen trees and anything that could be considered a danger to hikers.
The cycle of life that happens is so obvious along the trails and throughout the entire park. While various plants are establishing themselves, old trees and vegetation eventually rot and die, giving life to the next generation with their nutrients.
All of this is covered in the Two Rivers Trail guide booklet, and it’s truly fascinating.
But the best part, I gotta tell you, is the view.
There are several tree roots throughout to watch out for. Climbing the hills can leave you wondering if you’re actually in good enough shape for this trail. Rest assured, it’s all worth it when you reach this point.
As you travel away from this spectacular view and reach the end of the trail, be sure to fill out the trail guestbook. I just love glancing at the pages to see where other visitors have traveled from to see this magnificent land.
For other ideas of what to do while camping in Algonquin, check out this post.
To learn more about Algonquin Provincial Park’s trails, click here. Happy trails!