Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: April 2021
Beattie Pinery Provincial Nature Reserve is located near Alliston and protects one of the most mature and healthiest White Pine, Red Pine and Sugar Maple upland forests in Ontario south of the Canadian Shield. Most of the pine trees in Beattie Pinery are in excess of 100 years old and it is considered an old growth forest. Beattie Pinery is a non-operating park so there are no facilities. There is however a single hiking trail that loops through the nature reserve.
There are two access points to Beattie Pinery along Line 13. There is no official parking lot, but we parked along the shoulder of the road as there were a few other cars here and walked towards the closest entrance gate.
The trail is 2.3km in length and loops through the mature forest. The path itself is not signed or marked. At first this wasn’t much of an issue as it was quite obvious where to go.
The path leads to a river and follows along its shore which snakes its way through the southern edge of the nature reserve. Part of the river bank has significantly eroded, leaving behind a slew of fallen trees.
We somehow turned off from the main trail. The further we hiked, the narrower and fainter the path became to the point where it vanished all together. By this point we could see the road where we parked though, so we walked through the bush and along the road to get back to our car.
Overall we spent just over 30 minutes hiking through the nature reserve. After wrapping up our hike we planned to visit the nearby Earl Rowe Provincial Park.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here