Hiker's Dream TrailBig Pokiok Nature Park
Episode 20: Leave Covid 19 Behind
|Estimated Time||1 hr 30 mins|
|Elevation Change||46 metres|
|Trail Markers||blue squares|
|Scenery Rating||special features|
Note that the northeast section (farthest from the stream) has grown in quite a bit over the last few years so stay alert so you don't get off the trail. The section nearest the stream is now used by ATV's to access the dam so it is well worn.
On the section of trail climbing the hill away from the strea, the Hiker's dream trail starts through a mainly softwood forest and at some point starts to follow an old road that is grown up in small hardwoods and barely identifiable as an old road. The trail eventually comes to a small rocky pond that only has water in it for part of the year. This pond is an interesting place to explore with or without water. The trail continues through the woods to the right of the pond.
The trail goes through a mainly softwood dominated forest with many hemlock trees and other softwoods. There are a few sections of the trail that are hard to follow so be careful not to leave the trail by mistake. Eventually the trail comes out of the woods along an inlet of the Pokiok Deadwater. The Pokiok Deadwater is a long section of stream that is backed up by a Ducks Unlimited dam to flood the area surrounding the stream. You can see how large the wetland is on the map above. The wetland is perfect for ducks and other water loving creatures including the local otters. Shortly after your first view of the deadwater you will come out at the Ducks Unlimited Dam.
When you go back to the trail from the dam you will see a well worn ATV trail enter the woods on the left. Take this trail. The trail here follows an old road and travels roughly along Pokiok Stream. At several points the trail comes close to the stream. Eventually you will see a trail enter the woods to the right (the ATV trail continues along the stream). Take the trail to the right and it will take you back to the parking lot. This trail was hard to find the last time we were there. If you miss the trail and continue on the old road you will come out at the small bridge on the main road. If you come out at the bridge just turn right and follow the road back to the entrance of the park, then go up the side road to the parking area.
For directions to the park go to the Big Pokiok Nature Park page.
From the park sign take the small road to the left of the sign. After 400 meters you will come to a parking area with outhouses. The trail head at the back of the parking area to the left takes you into the woods. The trail head at the back right of the parking area goes through the woods towards the stream. The two trail heads form a loop so it doesn't matter which one you choose. I prefer to start on the trail to the left through the woods and returning along the stream, but that's just a personal preference.
Trail Last Hiked: April 15, 2022.
Page Last Updated: January 29, 2023.