Ferris Provincial Park offers some of the most spacious car camping sites in the Ontario Parks system, with over 150 sites in two campground loops (Valleyview and Bedrock). A small number of sites offer electrical hook-ups.
Ferris offers car camping on over 150 sites in two campground loops (Valleyview and Bedrock). These sites can accommodate equipment ranging from tents only to large trailers.
Valleyview Loop is set atop a forested drumlin, with some campsites providing a view across the Trent River Valley. The Bedrock Loop has some electrical campsites and is just a short walk to the playground and day-use picnic areas.
Ferris is located in a lovely area of rolling wooded hills and old fields beside the Trent River. The river features a picturesque waterfall and scenic bluffs carved into the limestone bedrock. Formally the Ferris Farmstead, the park is characterised by kilometres of unique old dry-stonewall fencing, some of which has been recently rebuilt. The campground has a selection of spacious wooded and open sites, some with spectacular vistas over the Trent River Valley.
Over 10 kilometres of trails provide access to wooded hills and riverside views, including the Ranney Gorge and Ranney Falls from the famous pedestrian suspension bridge. The Trent-Severn Waterway and the town of Campbellford are only a short stroll away along the Tran-Canada Trail which bisects the park.
A boat launch provides access to the Trent River for fishing and pleasure cruising, though the presence of a falls just upstream limits exploration downstream.
The Friends of Ferris Park (www.friendsofferris.ca), a volunteer organization that assists the park with funding educational programs, research and publications sponsors spring and fall family events. Their annual Dry Stonewall Workshop has become a North American leading event for this heritage activity.
Drumlin Trail System - 3 interconnecting looped trails: Blue 1.2 km (1.0 hour); White 2.5 km (2 hours) and Red 2.5 km (2.5 hours), moderate
The Drumlin Trail System takes you through mature mixed forest, by small wetlands and along seasonal creeks that have developed on two elongate hills called drumlins. These drumlins were formed thousands of years ago by glaciers, and largely left as woodlots by European settlers. The spring wildflowers can be spectacular in spring.
The Blue and White Trails take you near areas where the Ferris family’s sugar houses, shingle mill, granary and sheep pens once stood. The Red Trail goes around the back of the second drumlin, taking you past the old W. Cock Brickyard. Little physical evidence remains of these pioneering enterprises but their legacy as the forerunners of today’s vibrant local communities is not forgotten.
Ranney Falls Trail - 1 km (0.5 hours), loop, easy, level
This trail follows the original roadway to Ferris Provincial Park before looping back along the river, where there are magnificent views of the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge and Ranney Falls. The gorge edge habitat supports different vegetation from the rest of the park, including the regionally rare Chinquapin Oak. Look for its unique saw-tooth shape on trees along the trail or on fallen leaves underfoot. The trail finishes by passing through a restful picnic area, perfect for lunch, or a short break.
River Gorge Trail - 3.5 km (2 hours), loop, easy, parts can be wet in the spring. (Yellow markers)
This trail offers magnificent views of the Trent River gorge from the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge, before continuing downstream past the old Ferris Quarry and onto the legendary “sheep wash”, now a picnic area. The trail continues south, following the river’s edge for more fantastic views of the Trent River. On your way back upstream the trail travels through meadows and past Ferris’s unique stone fences, some of which have recently been rebuilt.
It is possible to launch a canoe at the south end of the park, downstream from the falls and gorge. It is recommended that exploration be limited downstream from the park to avoid the falls and dam.
The presence of a dam upstream with strong currents prevents swimming at the park but an indoor pool and outdoor natural swimming opportunities are available just a short distance away.
Boating is possible downstream along the Trent River with a boat launch facility available in the park.
It is possible to fish from shore at the south end of the park or by boat along the Trent River.
There are no dedicated bike trails but the roadways provide some nice cycling with interesting views throughout the park.
The Friends of Ferris offer a number of interpretive and recreational activities during the park’s operating season. For more information visit: www.friendsofferris.ca.
Ferris hosts a selection of breeding birds typical of forest and old fields.
Two separate 5 km cross-country ski and snowshoe trails give you three options for each trail. Starting at the Main Gate both trails will eventually take you to the Suspension Bridge. Trails are maintained by the Friends of Ferris Park.
Modern camping facilities offering the luxuries of comfort stations with showers and flush toilets are located in both campgrounds.
Other amenities include a boat launch and a picnic shelter (available for rent) and a day-use area featuring a playground.
Three comfort stations are conveniently located in Ferris’ campgrounds. The comfort station in the Valleyview Loop has showers.
Flush toilets are available in the three comfort stations in the campgrounds.
All three comfort stations offer barrier-free access. The trail from the day-use parking lot to the suspension bridge is also barrier-free.
Visit Ferris for the day and enjoy the trails and scenic views of the Trent River. Picnic areas are available in the north and south sections of the park along the river. The south picnic area has a playground.
A boat launch, located in the south day-use area, provides access to the Trent River.
The picnic shelter is available for exclusive day-use rental. Please contact the park to reserve: 705 653-3575.
There is one picnic shelter in the park which is located by the north day-use area. The shelter is available for exclusive rental but if not rented is available on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact the park to reserve: 705 653-3575.
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