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Hiking - Parc des Chutes de Denholm - July 14, 2018

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About an hour north of Ottawa is a virtually unknown hiking trail near the town on Denholm. Parc des Chutes de Denholm is located on the Paugan road which connects Denholm with Low, Quebec. I drove in from the Denholm side as I was staying at a cottage near by.  From the Low side you would have to cross the Paugan dam. The hike consists of a 4km loop plus several smaller side trails.  The hike starts at a small falls and climbs quickly and steeply before leveling out.  One interesting aspect to the trail is commissioned public art that pops up along the walk. The hike is well marked with a single picnic table near the falls at the bottom and at the first lookout. There is also two rustic outhouses near the small parking lot.  If you want to get away from it all this hike is for you. We didn't see a single person for the 2 hours it took us to take in all the trails.  The main loop travels mainly through dense hardwoods crossing a creek at the half way point then connecting briefly with a gravel road before going back into the forest. The bottom trail on the south side of the Paugan road travels along a fern covered trail that follows the path of beautiful little creek.  I may have to come back in the winter an try the loop on snowshoes.

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A craved stone at the first lookout.

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A view of a marsh from the second lookout.

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