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.

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Please consult the trail website for updated trail information prior to visiting the trail.  

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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SAWMILL TRAIL characteristics

Length: 1.67 km
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks and Compacted soil/hard packed
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Wheelchair accessibility not known.
Fees: Not known.

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: None reported

Attractions: Boardwalks

Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.5693910
Longitude: -81.6926400