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Sawmill Trail

Follow the Path of the Pioneers

This walk features a range of historical and natural points of interest. Naturalists will enjoy the changing terrain, varied plant life and the telltale signs of abundant wildlife.

The trail starts out on the first pioneer path east of Lake Huron leading from the first ford or crossing point on the Bayfield River. It is likely that this shallow crossing was used for centuries before European settlers came to this area. In the early 1840s, a dam for the first pioneer grist mill in the area around Bayfield was built. It was also used as the first bridge and you can still see the pattern of stones in the river indicating where it was located.The contact for this trail is the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.


1.67 km

Difficulty Level

Level 2

Trail Use

Walking , Pets on leashes.

Trail Hazards


Trail Surface

Natural surface, some boardwalks.

Cost for Using Trail


Driving Directions

On Highway 21, just north of the bridge in Bayfield, turn right on Old River Road and proceed ½ kilometre and turn right at Sawmill Road the first stop sign. The trail entrance is at the end of this short cul de sac.

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