This is probably my favourite hike in the entire Ottawa Valley.. yeah that's right. Eagles Nest, Barron Canyon, Westmeath are all great but they don't have that hidden charm Payne's Pines does.
The thin moss covered forest trail stole my heart, the maple bog and all its glorious creatures were captivating, the thin stretch of Bonnechere River you can see from the sandy cliff side caused by the big Ontario flooding in 2019 were all captivating.
This 3.3km hike is located on Turners Road off of Round Lake road; pull onto Turner's road - reset your odometer and drive for exactly 15.6kms. You will see a small blue trail marker indicating the start of your hike. This trail is wonderfully marked and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Looking to make a day out of it? See my posts on the Basin Depot cabin located just up the road from here - also known as the oldest standing building in Algonquin Provincial Park.