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Crothers Woods is a 52-hectare mature maple-beech-oak woodland located in the Don River valley. It offers a unique opportunity to escape into nature and is a popular destination for trail enthusiasts, with approximately 10 kilometres of natural surface trails.
This is an Environmentally Significant Area due to its diverse, mature and relatively undisturbed forest, and the presence of wildflowers and tree species that are rare in the Toronto region. Not only will you enjoy this trail, but you’ll get to explore all its wonder and beauty!
There are many entrances to Crothers Woods. The most common one is the Thomas Hauser Memorial Trailhead, also known as the Loblaws Trailhead. Also, one of the main trailheads is located at the base of Redway Road and can be accessed by vehicle from Millwood Road.
If you’re travelling by TTC, take the 56 Leaside or 88 South Leaside bus, which will drop you off near Redway Road.
Crothers Woods offers approximately 9 km of multi-use, one-metre wide natural surface (dirt) trails. These trails include some steep sections and are rated as intermediate level trails.
The Sun Valley Trail is a 1.3 km granular surfaced trail that is 2.5 metres wide and classified as a multi-purpose beginner trail with one 100-metre steep section.
Cottonwood Flats Trail is a two-metre wide, 0.7 km granular surfaced trail that is
classified as a multi-purpose beginner trail.
The trails map is posted at the Loblaws Trailhead and is also available in the Crothers Woods Trails brochure.
All multi-use pathway users have a responsibility to be considerate and respectful of all park/trail users. The following tips are provided to help ensure that all pathway users have an enjoyable and safe experience:
- Trails are multi-use and bi-directional unless otherwise posted. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians – slow down, communicate, and be prepared to stop. Give trail users going uphill the right of way.
- Faster trail users should pass on the left and keep to the right when on the trail.
- Only pass when it is safe to do so and the trail is wide enough.
- When riding a bike, let people know you are approaching by ringing your bell or giving a friendly greeting.
- Dogs should be kept on a leash in parks, except in designated off-leash areas.
- Pick up after your pet. Do not allow your dog to disturb wildlife or trample vegetation.
- To protect the pathways and parks, stay on the trail and don’t litter.
- According to the Parks By-law, trail users including cyclists and rollerbladers and skateboarders should not exceed the speed of 20km/h when travelling in a park.
- If the pathway is busy with pedestrians, consider walking instead of cycling, rollerblading or skateboarding. The trail will be signed to notify trail users that they must yield to pedestrians.
- Put garbage in bins. Do not damage, cut or remove any vegetation – alive or dead.
Symbols you will see on the trails
Carry Out What You Carry In
Stay on the Trails
Respect the Weather and Trail Conditions
Share the Trail
Control Your Pet