Muskoka’s trail network covers roughly 4000 sq kilometres of rugged terrain. Vast forests of spruce, pine, poplar, tamarack, balsam and birch are easily accessible by some of Ontario’s best hiking trail systems. Many trails lead to panoramic lookout points where sightseers and photographers can enjoy stunning scenic vistas.
Muskoka is also a paradise for wildlife lovers. Birdwatchers will be thrilled with approximately 250 species to search for, more than 50 types of mammals and 25 species of amphibians call Muskoka home. Although there’s no guarantee you’ll see a moose or a bear, a hike through the woods will likely result in a glimpse of an otter or beaver, a woodpecker or a heron and perhaps even some deer!
Just north of Muskoka, Algonquin Provincial Park is great for those favouring an active lifestyle, and fitness fans will enjoy its nine interpretive trails. For those who prefer a slower pace, Muskoka’s full of tranquil forest hiking trails just waiting to be explored. For a complete list of trails in Muskoka with trail guides you can download, visit the Muskoka Trails Council.
With lush forests, spectacular granite outcroppings, fascinating wildlife, and sweeping vistas and lookouts, it is evident why some of Muskoka’s trails are known to be the best hiking trails in Ontario.
With so many options, we’ve narrowed it down to some of the best outdoor activities to do throughout Muskoka.
En Route to Muskoka (via Hwy 11)
En Route to Muskoka (via Hwy 400)
Muskoka’s rugged, natural landscape is grounding, inspiring and especially beautiful in the fall. Arguably the most beautiful (and fleeting) season – so don’t miss out on a trip to this neck of the woods!