4,007 ft
Distance
71 ft
Climb
-47 ft
Descent
00:05:11
Avg time

Very Berry Details

  • Riding area
    Short Hills Provincial Park
    St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Global Ranking

The Very Berry Trail is a shared-use trail for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. This natural terrain path can be accessed from the Pelham Road entrance. The trail begins about .5 kilometers or 15 minutes from the parking lot along the northeast section of the Black Walnut Trail. The trail extends to the eastern park boundary; from this point the hiker must retrace his footsteps for a total round trip of approximately 2.6 kilometers which takes about 1 hour. While part of the trail is easy, several hills can make this a moderate to difficult hike.

The first part of the trail follows the remains of an old farmer's road, known as the Hog's Back. In earlier times, it was probably used to haul materials through the valley to and from the mills at Power Glen and to avoid the steep hill on today's First Street Louth. The main feature of the trail is the meandering Twelve Mile Creek, Niagara's only cold-water creek, historically noted for its quality trout fishing. The river bank and flood plain also provide a home to birds and various small mammals.

Natural vegetation include a mix of Basswood, Beech, Maple, Oak and Ironwood in the upland areas and large Bitternut Hickory and Black Walnut trees in the valley. Stands of White Pine and Spruce open into grassland. Woodland Sunflowers, False Solomon's Seal, Vervain and Snakeroot, ferns, White Baneberry or "Dolls Eyes" and Touch-Me-Not are some of the wildflowers that dapple the edges of the trail in this idyllic setting.

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More Stats for Very Berry mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    24 ft
  • Altitude min
    295 ft
  • Altitude max
    356 ft
  • Altitude start
    295 ft
  • Altitude end
    319 ft
  • Grade
    0.597%
  • Grade max
    -17.257%
  • Grade min
    15.97%
  • Distance climb
    2,014 ft
  • Distance down
    641 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,352 ft
  • Avg time
    00:05:11
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:18
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