The 367 acre property located in the Ausable River Valley (east side – just north of the bridge on County Rd #7) has a difficult 4.8 km and an easy 3.2 km trail loop through mixed Carolinian-Great Lakes Hardwood Swamp Forest, and a 2.2 km trail along the river –

Ivey Trail – approx 4.8 km
The Ivey Trail is named in honour of Richard and Beryl Ivey to recognize their incredible generosity to TTLT over the years. The Ivey Trail is a loop accessed from the Vernon Road entrance of Joany’s Woods. It takes you through Carolinian Forest and the Ausable River floodplain. The Ivey trail is a medium to difficult level trail with some steep hills and rough terrain. It connects with the River and Inch Trails if you’re looking for a longer hike. QR codes along the trail link to a trail guide, or you can download the Ivey Trail Guide here.
Please note that the Ivey trail between trail markers 6 and 11 is currently closed. The remaining portion of the Ivey trail as well as the River trail and Inch trail remain open.

Inch Trail – approx 3.2 km
The Inch Trail is named in memory of Helen and Spencer Inch, whose legacy gift to TTLT helped to secure Joany’s Woods as a protected nature reserve. The Inch Trail is a loop accessed from the Boothill Road entrance to Joany’s Woods. Along this trail you can see varied habitats including woodlands, meadows, swamps, and conifer plantations. This is a medium difficulty trail with some steep sections. The Inch Trail connects with the Ivey Trail approximately half way around if you want a longer hike. QR codes along the trail link to a trail guide, or you can download the Inch Trail Guide here.

River Trail – approx 2.2 km
The River Trail can be accessed via the Ivey Trail from the Vernon Road entrance to Joany’s Woods and will take you for a gentle walk along the banks of the Ausable River. This is an easy level trail that is mostly flat, however the trail is accessed via a steep hill.

Parking – a small parking area is provided at the Boothill Road property entrance. Depending on the road conditions you may have to park at the intersection of Boothill Road and Elliot Drive and walk in. For the Vernon Road entrance, there is limited parking along the roadside at Vernon Road.

In general, passive recreation such as hiking is encouraged, while motorized vehicles, mountain biking, off-leash dogs, horseback riding, camping, and the removal of vegetation are not allowed.

Boothill Rd from north & Vernon Rd from south near Village of Sylvan on County Road #7 

Link to Inch trail map & guide:

Link to Ivey trail map & guide:

Link to information for visitors:

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

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JOANY’S WOODS TRAILS characteristics

Length: 4.8 km & 3.2 km medium-difficult trail and a 2.2 km easy trail.
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Compacted soil/hard packed and Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible.
Fees: none reported

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: None reported

Attractions: Interpretive Signage


Find it: 32549 Boothill Road, Thedford, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.1522790
Longitude: -81.8074500