The Melancthon Tract is in the Dufferin County Forest, much of which was planted in 1959.  The 750-metre trail loops from one side of the property to an adjacent side.  Watch for some side trails. Plantation areas are red pine and white spruce, but look also for the tamarack.

The tamarack is our only coniferous tree that drops its needles in the fall.  Each spring, dozens of new clusters of bright green needles grow on each twig in a delicate rosette form.  You’ll see signs of beaver activity, such as a poplar tree that’s been felled across the trail.

Bird activity is all around you, and butterflies and moths spring up from the grass as you walk.

Link to trail map: 

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

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Length: .75 km.
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, and Geocaching
Accessibility Notes: Accessibility not known
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported

Amenities: None reported

County Forest Manager c/o Dufferin County Museum & Archives 936029 Airport Road Mulmur, ON L9V 0L3 Phone: 519-941-1114 ext. 4011 or 877-941-7787 ext. 4011 fax: 705-435-9876

Find it: 398172 Regional Rd 21, Hornings Mills, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.1943940
Longitude: -80.2670470