Hike rating: 56 km return
Level 1: Mostly level, single track packed dirt.
Behind 312 Grand River Ave. [ Coordinates: 43.14015526328905, -80.29084921222967] or at Wilkes Dam at Dufferein St .[Coordinates: 43.15004. -80.29359]
This 6 km round-trip forest walk along the Grand River begins at either Wilkes Dam at Dufferein Street or at the parking lot behind 312 Grand River Ave. Parking is available at either location.
If starting at Wilkes Dam, cross over the bridge, turn left and follow the canal until the right-hand turn sign. At the sign, cross over the S. C. Johnson trail and down the hill back into the woods and along the Grand River to the Grand River Road end. There is a large limestone rock at the end of the walk.
If starting at Grand River Road, turn left at the limestone, go down the hill and follow the blazes to Wilkes Dam.
The deer are known to not be too shy in this area. If you have a water dog they will enjoy jumping in the river as the trail is close by in some places.