Trails at Short Hills Provincial Park

Short Hills Provincial Park contains an extensive trail system for visitors to enjoy at any time of the year. The trails are classified by the use that is permitted on them. Three of the trails (Terrace Creek, Scarlet Tanager, and Hemlock Valley) are classified as Hikers Only, and are indicated by blue markings. Three other trails (Swayze Falls, Very Berry, and Black Walnut) are classified as shared use and are marked in yellow. The activities that are permitted on these trails include biking, hiking, and horseback riding. The remaining trail is the Palaeozoic Path which has been developed with the beginner hiker in mind. The Palaeozoic Path has a hard surface which is covered in gravel to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the park.

Access to many of the park's trails is initiated from Gilligan Road, a gravel path located at the Pelham Road entrance. Access to the Paleozoic Path is on Roland Road. A third entrance to the park can be found off Wiley Road. There is ample parking at each entrance, however park users should take precautions to protect their personal property.

Visitors are asked to obey all signs posted in and around the park, and are encouraged not to use the park during wet weather. This deteriorates trails and causes environmental damages such as erosion.


Trail Courtesy

The trails system at Short Hills Park welcomes horseback riders, hikers and cyclists. Please note that each of the seven established trails is designated as either shared use (horses, cyclists, and hikers), hikers and physically challenged, or hikers only. Please refrain from using trails not designated for your form of transportation.

Some Guidelines for a Pleasant Visit
Short Hills Provincial Park is classified as a non operating park. This means admission is free, but there are few amenities. Visitors are asked to respect the rules of the park. These are:

  • The park is open 7 days a week. The park closes at 10 p.m. each day and reopens at sunrise.
  • Camping is not permitted in the park. No cooking fires or campfires are allowed in the park
  • Alcoholic beverages are not to be consumed in the park or parking lots
  • Motorized vehicles including trail bikes are not allowed in the park
  • Dogs are welcome in the park but must be kept on a leash
  • Visitors pets must not defecate on pathways in the park
  • Cutting or removal of trees or plants is not permitted
  • Please carry out what you carry in. Trash barrels are located at each parking lot.
  • Visitors are asked to remain on established trails.