This 10 km hiking trail, which connects the Nipigon and Red Rock marinas, takes between 3-4 hours to complete and is rated with a blue difficulty rating, with some middle portions being rated as black diamond.
The trail from Nipigon hugs the shoreline of the Nipigon River as far as Sawmill Point. This part of the trail is easy walking and affords the hiker a chance to view the wildlife on the river, including bald eagles, blue herons, peregrine falcon, pelicans, and a variety of waterfowl. Moose, deer, otter and beaver may also be seen along the trail in the summer, and in the winter wolves and fox are sometimes observed on the frozen river.
The trail is open through all seasons. From August through October enjoy bursts of colour from the wild flowers to the dramatic change of the leaves in the Fall. During the winter months the scene is transformed as the river freezes to a dazzling white. The Nipigon end of the trail is packed in winter for hiking and there are slots for the cross-country skier.
From Sawmill Point one can view the beginnings of Nipigon Bay in Lake Superior, and the town of Red Rock. The trail then continues on to Red Rock across some rugged terrain involving some fairly steep climbs in and out of ravines. It is rated as a moderate hike.
This part of the trail includes three lookouts over Nipigon Bay, the most spectacular of which is Eagle’s Ridge. Take time to enjoy the breathtaking, panoramic views of Nipigon Bay and its islands. Stairs have been installed at Eagle’s Ridge to ease the climb up and down the Nipigon side.
If one is considering hiking the whole trail, it is easier to complete the hike starting at the Red Rock end. Hikers need to arrange for a ride back to their starting point if they are only hiking one way. If your plan is to hike the whole trail, be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and a cell phone.
A pamphlet produced by Parks Canada containing a map of this and other trails along the north shore, is available at the Nipigon Travel Information Centre on the highway, and the Municipal Office at 52 Front St.
Click here to view the trail map.