Little Tract Interpretive Trail

The protected Dufferin County Forest is a treasure trove of eastern white pines, spruce and cedars.

March 16, 2024 | | Take a Hike

The Little Tract has special status in the Dufferin County Forest. Designated “natural,“ there is no hunting, fishing or logging permitted. Happily, the Little Tract’s trees will grow old, and the enormous white pines will continue to take our breath away. In the 1870s, when this area was logged, these pines were too small to harvest and are now over 150 years old. You can download an interpretive guide by Googling “Dufferin County Forest Little Tract.

Where:  Dufferin County Forest

Parking: 938130 Airport Road

Distance: An easy 2km, 30 minute hike


During your hike, look out for for these notable features of the forest:

  • CANADA MAYFLOWER: Referred to as wild lily-of-the- valley, Canada mayflower has berries popular with chipmunks, mice and ruffed grouse. But don’t be tempted, they can make you and your dog ill.
  • WHITE PINE: Eastern white pines are among the longest lived and tallest trees in Ontario. First Nations refer to our provincial tree as “The Great Tree of Peace.“
  • AMERICAN CHESTNUT: Some 4 billion American chestnuts (different from horse chestnuts) died in the early 1900s due to a blight. These disease-resistant hybrids, now up to 30 years old, are part of a regeneration program.

About the Author More by Nicola Ross

Freelance writer Nicola Ross lives in Alton and is the author of the bestselling 'Loops and Lattes' hiking guide series.

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