Exploring the Trans Canada Trail through Greenwood Conservation Area today. There’s actually two pieces to Greenwood – one is the southern area that most people are familiar with; it has a dog park. The northern piece is even left off their own map, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored.
The south parking lot is probably one of the nicest parking lots I’ve visited for a trail.
From the car, head up the main road – it is still a road, so beware of vehicles that have no idea what they are doing, like the guy that came in behind me.
The first trail you’ll come to on the left is Meadow Trail. This is a nice green trail, and at 8am it’s also a very dew-y and wet trail.
That’s ok. At 8am it’s something likes 27 degrees, so I’m ok with it.
Meadow Trail loops back to the main road, but you can find Bird Walk before that and keep yourself from the main areas.
Bird Walk is more forested, presumably for all the birds. I didn’t see any, other than the ones on the signs.
It’s a nice dry walk, compared to the Meadow dew. Even the bridge doesn’t really cover any sort of water feature.
Bird Walk empties you out at another parking lot within Greenwood. A short walk across that and you can catch on to Duffins Trail.
Greenwood seems to have a lot of things going on at this point. Duffins starts out in a dew-y mess, descends to a river crossing, then opens in to a forested area with very little undergrowth.
This is where I messed up. The trail keeps going north west from here, but I looped around thinking I was at the dog park already. There were a lot of dogs, but it was not the end. Learn from me.
I took this photo from the top. You actually have to climb these giant stairs back out of Duffins Trail.
But don’t go all the way back to the parking lot just yet! Hang a left at the picnic area, pass the fields, and you’ll find White Pine Walk. Another dry forested trail that I decided would be a wonderful running trail so I didn’t take any pictures. Back to the car!
You have to relocate your vehicle to get to north Greenwood. I suppose you could walk (because that’s kind of the point?) but it’s a lot of road walking, and I’m not a fan. Besides, I was in a rush to get to the Trans Canada Trail!
The trees throughout Greenwood are pretty wacky. I enjoyed them thoroughly.
The bridges on the north are in far better condition, likely because they had been redone for the Trans Canada Trail. Just my guess.
Here are some selfies with lines over my face!
143m elevation gain