Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: July 2021
Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls Provincial Park (try saying that five times fast), is located close to Huntsville, just outside the southwestern edge of Algonquin Provincial Park. The beauty of the landscape provided much inspiration to the Group of Seven. In fact there are over 40 known paintings by them that were painted on Oxtongue River and Oxtongue Lake. The park features a short hiking trail that follows along the rapids and offers a number of scenic viewpoints of the falls.
After spending the morning exploring Mikisew Provincial Park, we arrived at Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls at 12:45p.m. Entrance into the park is located just north of Highway 60 along Ragged Falls Park Road.
There’s a parking lot that can accomodate a large number of cars. There’s also a pit toilet and map of the trail system. The Ragged Falls Oxtongue River Trail is about 1 km long, so we figured we wouldn’t be here long.
After about a hundred metres or so, the trail branches off into two directions. We turned right towards higher ground as there was a huge group of hikers who continued straight. We figured we can explore this side trail on the way back. The trail weaves through the forest and up a ridge. Along the way we could catch a glimpse of the river through the trees.
As we neared the edge of the river, there were lots of large rocks to hop over and around for a better vantage point.
On the way back to the parking lot we planned to check out the other scenic lookout. Except we didn’t make it very far as the path was a muddy swampy mess. We figured we probably saw the best views anyway as this lookout is further from the falls. So we decided to skip it and keep our shoes clean and dry.
We hopped back back in the car and continued our drive towards Arrowhead Provincial Park.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here