The HPWA consists of 7 different coloured trails and our dyke systems. A large variety of ecosystems, wildlife, vistas and plants can be seen on our trails and viewing stands. Our trails have all been blazed according to a standardized method used across North America. Paint blazes are 2 inch by 6 inch rectangles, and can been seen on trees when hiking or riding through woodlots, or on wooden planks attached to metal posts when adventuring through meadows and grasslands. The colour of the paint blaze corresponds to the colour of the trail on the map. If you are new to the trails it is recommended to bring a user guide with you. The Blazing markers are to the left of the page.
Respect and Regulations
While on these trails please remember to respect them as well as the many plants and animals found on this. This includes people, hunter and non-hunter alike.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. It is good to bring food, water and a cell phone with you -- and don't forget the bug spray!
Level of Difficulty
Level 1: Easy. For families with young children
Level 2: Moderate. Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes.
Level 3: Some hills, natural paths.
Note: Time to complete is based on average adult pace of 4 km per hour. Individual times may vary with grade, ground conditions and ability of the participant.
Adopt a Trail
The Friends of Hullett are developing a trail maintenance procedure to monitor and maintain the kilometers of trails on the property. We encourage you to volunteer and to come check out the trails at least twice a year. Adopting a trail involves:
For more information about trail maintenance or if you wish to Adopt a Trail, please contact us at (519) 482-7011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red trail is 2.2 km long, with a level 2 difficulty.
It is our newest trail, which provides access to one of our disabled hunting blinds and continues to meander through a mix of mature hardwoods and fallow fields. Please be advised that poison ivy lines the trail in areas, so be sure to stay on the trail and wear appropriate footwear.
The Orange trail is 1.2km with a difficulty level of 2.
A unique feature of this trail is its elevation, as it is the highest region found throughout the marsh. Excellent views of the Bluebill and Pintail pools can be found from the trail or the viewing stand in parking lot at 40677 Summerhill Rd. A solar motus tower can be seen along this trail as well, which is used to monitor bird movement as maintained by Bird Studies Canada.
The Green trail winds 2.4 km through lowland forest and hilly meadow. The level of difficulty is 2.
The trail has woodlands providing good shade for walking and has good opportunities for wildlife viewing. On this trail you can see raptor nests and wood duck boxes. This trail not only runs through the eastern portion of the Sugar Bush, but it travels through fallow field and meadow making this a good place to find a wide variety of wildlife.
Length: 2.3 km Difficulty: Medium Time: 30-50 minutes
The Blue Trail is one of the most common trails at Hullett that meanders through both woodland and meadow and links to all other trails in Zone B. From stands dominated by Sugar Maple, White Ash and American Beech to meadows of grasses, flowers and hawthorns. Woodpeckers, Flickers and Nuthatches abound, you may even catch a glimpse of the Pileated Woodpecker or rare Loggerhead Shrike! Hullett is a bird lovers paradise. The Blue Trail is accessed from the parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line or 80591 Front Road.
Length: 0.4 km Difficulty: Medium Time: 10-15 minutes
The yellow trail cuts through the Maple and Ash dominant forest of the Sugar Bush. Because of this, it has been hit hard by the invasion on Emerald Ash Borer. This makes it a very interesting habitat to watch for other species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are beginning to flourish. As old Ashs fall, nutrients return to the soil and shelter is created for animals. In spring, the forest floor abounds with spring ephemeral wildflowers like trilliums, jack-in-the-pulpit, marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, and other herbaceous plants. Migrating warblers, vireos, blue jays, american robin, owls and many other species of birds bring this trail to life during the Spring and Summer seasons. This is also prime habitat for viewing White-tailed Deer and is fantastic for autumn photography.
Length: 0.3 km Difficulty: Medium Time: 5-10 minutes
The Purple Trail is a beautiful trail section connected to the Blue and Green trail. Hikers will find a mixed chorus of birds from both Upland Woods and Meadows as well as many species of mammal, herptile, insect, and plants. Along with Maples, Oaks, and Hemlock, this trail has numerous beech trees, whose smooth, grey trunk resembles elephant legs.
The White trail is 4.7 km making it the longest trail at Hullett, and it runs the entire width of Hullett. It takes about 60-90 minutes to walk. The level of difficulty is 2.
The White trail provides an excellent opportunity to witness the forest and meadow ecosystems and how they inter-relate. The trail is also close to agricultural field, fallow field, lush ferns, wooded area, and ponds. Take a moment to examine the wildlife around you. It will become clear how each ecosystem is equally and individually important.