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Hike Along the Ausable River

This all-season trail winds through the picturesque Ausable River Valley between MacNaughton Park in Exeter and Morrison Dam Conservation Area on Morrison Line. The river, trees, birds and wildlife make this an ideal setting for a nature trail. The trail passes through towering hardwood and pine forests, skirts along the Ausable River and gives a bird’s eye view of the river valley at several lookouts. It’s also one of the best places to see the area’s unique white squirrels.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is the trail contact.


4 km loop

Difficulty Level

Level 1 and 2

Trail Use

Walking, Skiing, Pets on leash, Cycling, Wheelchair Access (south trail)

Trail Hazards

None evident

Trail Surface

Granular surface, some natural, some boardwalk

Cost for Using Trail

Donations accepted by the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation

Driving Directions

In Exeter, from Hwy. #4 (Main Street), turn east at Hill Street to MacNaughton Park; or, from Cty. Rd. #83, turn south on Morrison Line (entrance is across from Morrison Dam Conservation Area)

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