10 Incredible Hiking Trails Near Toronto

Whether you are going hiking for exercise, to simply enjoy the outdoors or just to walk your dog, there are great trails hidden right outside Toronto’s city limits.

Torontonians love their city for many reasons: the diverse food scene, the towering, luxurious skyscrapers, the eccentric nightlife and so on. But sometimes, it’s good to take a break and escape the bustle for a while. Going on a hike can serve as that perfect pause from a busy work week, yet finding a lush green forest amidst Toronto’s concrete jungle may seem better said than done.

Whether you are going hiking for exercise, to simply enjoy the outdoors or just to walk your dog, there are great trails hidden right outside Toronto’s city limits. Here are 10 incredible hiking trails in the Greater Toronto Area you have to check out this summer.

Scarborough Bluffs
Greater Toronto Area, ON
Not only do the Scarborough Bluffs offer spectacular views of Lake Ontario and the rigid escarpment, but the trails offer a great opportunity to explore the nature hidden within Toronto. Ending your hike on the pristine, sandy beaches located at the bottom of the Bluffs is an added bonus.

High Park
Toronto, ON
High Park is Toronto’s largest and most popular public park and is a one-stop shop for nature lovers who don’t want to leave the city. Nestled in Toronto’s west end, High Park has a diverse range of hiking trails, dog parks, a beautiful waterfront, manicured gardens and even a zoo.

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High Park (Image: Instagram/@jessicamaral)

Dundas Peak
Hamilton, ON
For some it may be a bit of a trek to Hamilton, but these hiking views are worth it. The trails around Dundas Peak open through the dense forest to some of Hamilton’s most stunning waterfalls. In addition to the waterfalls, there are also breathtaking views of the gorge below.

Elora Gorge
Elora, ON
Deemed one of the most spectacular views in Ontario, the Elora Gorge is a natural, hidden beauty tucked away in the historical town of Elora. The gorge presents hikers with awe-inspiring views of the Grand River waters and the trails are moderately easy so everyone of any age or experience level can enjoy it. And if you want to plan a day trip to the beach, make sure to Elora Quarry, too! 

Rouge National Urban Park
Greater Toronto Area, ON
Rouge National Urban Park is a rich assembly of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes. Once fully established, Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest and best protected urban parks of its kind in the world, spanning approximately 80 square kilometres. Right now, it currently features lots of short trails through an area that stretches from Lake Ontario all the way into Markham.

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Rouge National Urban Park (Image: Instagram/@leibaut)

Humber Arboretum and West Humber River Valley
Toronto, ON
The Humber Arboretum is a little gem hidden right behind Humber College’s north campus. The green space features six kilometres of trails that wind around the Humber River. The space also has an abundance of flora and fauna and is free to enter.

East Don Parkland
Greater Toronto Area, ON
The East Don Parkland is part of a long chain of parks and hiking trails that follow the East Don River. The trails snake through the ravines and green spaces and serve as a beautiful opportunity for hiking or biking.

Rattlesnake Point
Milton, ON
If you’re one for adventure, look no further than Rattlesnake Point. Located just outside of Toronto in Milton, this forest boats hikes along the cliff line and the exploration of many of its caves. Rock climbing is also permitted in designated areas.

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Rattlesnake Point (Image: Instagram/@taylorjonker)

Joker’s Hill and Thornton Bales Conservation Area
Newmarket, ON
Nicknamed “The 99 Steps,” this conservation area is best suited for people who are up for a challenge. The infamous Joker’s Hill trail consists of 99 natural log steps along a steep hill that offer an intense workout.

Crothers Woods
Toronto, ON
Crothers Woods is a 52-hectare woodland located in the Don River valley. Many trees in Crothers Woods are more than a century old, with parts of the forest remaining in much of the same condition prior to European settlement. Crothers Woods is most popular with nature enthusiasts, featuring approximately 10 kilometres of trails.

Featured Image: Scarborough Bluffs via Instagram/@sakithranaweera

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