Ferris

Biking

There are no dedicated bike trails but the roadways provide some nice cycling with interesting views throughout the park.

Birding

Ferris hosts a selection of breeding birds typical of forest and old fields.

Boating

Boating is possible downstream along the Trent River with a boat launch facility available in the park.

Canoeing

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.

Fishing

It is possible to fish from shore at the south end of the park or by boat along the Trent River.

Hiking

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.

Natural Heritage Education

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.

Swimming

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.

Winter Activities

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.