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River & Ridges: Mallorytown - Rockport Loop

Trail information: 

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Learn more about the Amazing Places you can find on this trail 

Chimney Island

 

The route winds along and through a granite ridge running parallel to the River. The forest ridges and valleys with meandering streams bring out the best in nature, but were not friendly to early settlement. Village and farm settlement developed further inland, leaving the superb qualities of nature to experience today.  

Start from parking at the Mallorytown community hall and Mallorytown Coach House, at the corner of County Roads 2 and 5. Ride east along Cty. Rd. 2 with its wide paved shoulders, through rolling farmland and rural homes. Watch for the Sherwood Springs Rd., and turn right onto this gravel-surfaced shady lane. It takes you through woodlands and along the east side of Jones Creek, to end at the Thousand Islands Parkway.

Turn right/west onto St. Lawrence Recreational Trail (SLRT), paralleling the Parkway and running southwest. Very shortly you’ll be at the Jones Creek bridge, very scenic as it flows into the St. Lawrence. In the 1800s, sailing ships were towed up Jones Creek to a falls that powered a large flour mill near Cty. Rd. 2 at Yonges Mills. At the Jones Creek area, you'll pass outcroppings of 300 to 500 million year old sedimentary rock which lie atop the 1.5 billion year old granite, the foundation and all that's left of the mighty Grenville mountains and Frontenac Arch. 

At the top of the hill, on your right is Skywood – a St. Lawrence Parks Commission zip line and tree-top adventure site. Try it out, a great way to experience the forest canopy from a whole new perspective.  And if you'd like to take a leisurely hike, check out the Jones Creek Trail of Thousand Islands National Park, just another kilometers along the cycling route.  Across from this trail is Browns Bay Park with washrooms, and a great swimming beach.

Continuing along the SLRT to Mallorytown Landing, you'll find Thousand Islands National Park's visitor centre with its washrooms, interpretive displays and summer activities.

If you're thinking you've just about had enough for one day, you can turn north on Cty. Rd. 5, climbing up and over the ridgeline, then pass over Hwy 401, and return to Mallorytown. If you're game to continue, follow the SLRT southwest for about another 11 KM of scenic River views to Rockport.  To enter the village, once again carefully cross the Parkway, then through the east side of the village past the marinas to the waterfront – perhaps for an ice cream at the River Rock Shoppe at Andress Boat Works, or to eat at the Boathouse Restaurant.

The village road loops back the Parkway at the west side of the village. Cross straight ahead onto the Escott Road and our return to Mallorytown. You'll climb up and over the granite ridgeline before descending, passing under Hwy 401, and then emerging into a pastoral setting of sheep, horse and cattle farms. At the T-stop, the Escott Rd. ends at Cty. Rd. 2. Turn right to continue back to Mallorytown (about 6 km).  At this corner though is the heritage Springfield House which houses a library and a small museum on the upper floor.  Built around 1871, you can learn more about the history of this building and the town on the Leeds & Thousand Islands Historical Society webpage.

Start Location: 

Start from parking at the Mallorytown community hall and Mallorytown Coach House, at the corner of County Roads 2 and 5.

Terrain: 

Some gentle climbs, a short gravel road section. The River stretch is predominantly flat.

Distance: 
47 km
Bike Suitability: 

Most of route is paved, suitable for any type of bike is suitable, although mountain bikes are a little heavy for this distance.

Notes and Cautions: 

Be careful crossing the Thousand Islands Parkway to attractions on the south side. This is a multi-use, shared trail used by walkers (often with dogs), in-line skaters and cyclists.  County Rd. 5 and County Rd. 2 from Escott to Mallorytown do not have paved shoulders – be aware of traffic.

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