A massive red oak tree in excess of 200 years of age stands on the north side of the
Sifto Loop trail, halfway between the Menesetung Bridge and Lake Huron. It is 30 m high and 3 m around.
This is probably the oldest of the most northerly Carolinian Oaks which is located on public lands.
Nearby there is an abundance of hardwoods which support a large colony of black squirrels.
||COLBORNE RIVERSIDE PARK
This portion of the Maitland Trail is located along the banks of the Maitland River on
County Road #31, and acts as a convenient stop over. The The area is overgrown with a
mixture of white cedars and hardwood trees, providing an interesting interlude to rest and
enjoy the river vista. Pipers Dam and an old mill were originally located at this site.
This part of the river in the Morris tract adjacent to the trail and at the Black Hole
has over the centuries eroded through the limestone layers to form interesting and unique
rock formations. For students of geological study, this area would provide an excellent
This mature hardwood tree canopy of maple, oak, beech, ash, and hickory towers above
the visitor like the ceiling of a cathedral. The forest floor is covered with flowers,
ferns, and fauna, making it an abundant bird and wildlife habitat.
||FALLS CONSERVATION AREA
This large reserve provides the public and trail users with an area to camp, fish, and
explore the scenic surroundings. The Maitland trail follows the river bank through the
home giving users the opportunity to swim during the warm season. Winter cross country
skiing is also excellent in this particular area.
The Maitland Trail runs directly through the historical Hamlet of Benmiller. Along side
the trail is the beautifully restored Benmiller Inn. The Inn is a scenic spot to visit and
enjoy exquisite accomodations and dining, along with many on site amenities.
||BALL'S HISTORIC BRIDGE
The easterly extension of the Maitland Trail along the Colborne Concession Road crosses
the Maitland River on the historic Ball's Bridge. This iron structure was recently given a
reprive from demolition, and is to be preserved as a trail crossing at this beautiful area
of the river.
This vast area of reforested trail extends east of the Heron Line to the Auburn Bridge.
Along this section of the trail is a great mixture of hardwood and pine stands. The trail
for the most part in this area follows the river bank, and firelines which are cut through
the forest make the area particularily attractive during the cross country ski season.