Commonly Backpacked · Lake
The RT goes right (east) on the gravel North Shore Rd and follows it NE for 4.4km, with some views right (south) across Upper Rideau Lake. After passing Duck Bay right, the RT goes right (east) over a stile, down a hill with Duck Bay right, then up and NE on a forest path. It goes right at a pond, left over a beaver dam, and winds NE through forest and rocky scrub land to the paved Narrows Lock Rd (Rd 14), with a parking area opposite.
The RT goes right (SE) on the road for 1km, then turns left (east) opposite Scott Lane. Narrows Lock, with toilets and drinking water in summer, is another 600m along the road. RTA members hiking the RT may camp with permission of the Lockmaster.
From the road the RT goes up on a grass path, through woods, and on rocks across a stream to a junction with a BL. The RT then goes right up a hill, crosses a track, and winds down to cross a steep part of the gravel Big Rideau North Shore (BRNS) Rd. It crosses two gravel roads, jogging right at the first and left at the second, then winds N through a rocky area of open forest, returning to the BRNS Rd. It goes R for 70 m on the road to an E end of the BL on the left.
The RT goes NE on the road for another 80 m, then left into woods, past a swamp left, and returns to the road where it goes left (E) for another 500m. It again goes left off the road for 100m, returns to the road and turns left (E), going another 700m to a clearing at the gravel Cooper Dr, left. The RT follows Cooper Dr NW, then NE, for 1.1km to a junction with the Ghost Town Trail where the road bends left.
The RT goes right (NE) off the road on a grass track, skirts a large swamp right, crosses a beaver dam, and continues another 600 m SE on the track through forest to the BRNS Rd where it goes left (NE). After 1 km on the road, past house #599, an unmarked grass track right leads 120 m to Red Rock, a Conservation Land of the Rideau Waterway Land Trust (www.rwlt.org).
After another 1km the RT goes right for 200m on the gravel Horseshoe Bay Rd, then goes left into woods. It returns to the BRNS Rd, goes right for 300m, then turns right off the road. It goes down a hill to a private cottage road left, past Horseshoe Bay right, then up a hill, right on another private cottage road, and then left and straight ahead on a gravel road to reach the gravel Miners Point Rd, where it goes right (NE) for 400m to a parking area right.
The RT goes another 250m on the road, goes left onto Bass Bay Rd, follows it for 1.3km, then goes left (N) into Murphys Point Provincial Park on a gated track.
Shared By: Ali Ryder