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Palaeozoic Path (Short Hills Provincial Park)


Left: Paleozoic Path in autumn (Cindy Sardena); Top right: Beginning of Paleozoic Path at Roland Road entrance (Cindy Sardena); Bottom right: View of Swayze Falls in winter (Brock Hunter) 

General Information

Welcoming people of all ages and abilities, the Palaeozoic Path follows a wheel-friendly route on the southwest fringe of Short Hills Provincial Park. Follow the red (#3) trail markers.


The trail is an interactive experience with the natural surroundings, passing by lookout sites, educational stations and wildflower gardens.  The trail is approximately 800 metres in length and features Swayze Falls, a wonderful attraction during the spring melt and after prolonged periods of rain.




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Tree species along the path include introduced Norway spruce (Picea abies), native sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and white pine (Pinus strobus), and escaped or volunteer cultivated apple varieties (Malus domestica).


The Paleozoic Path was designed to give people with disabilities and beginner hikers an opportunity to experience the park. The path has a hard gravel surface suitable for wheel chairs and baby strollers and offers several barrier-free benches with scenic views. Mountain bikers and horseback riders are not permitted on this trail.

Recreational Uses

Walking, jogging, hiking, wheelchair touring.

Adjacent Land Uses

Provincial parkland; agriculture; rural residential.


Parking available at the Roland Road entrance.

This Trail is Wheelchair Accessible.


GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.09079
Longitude -79.304928
The map shows the location of the trail head of the Palaeozoic Path, located at the Roland Road entrance of Short Hills Provincial Park, at http://www.niagaragreenbelt.com/component/content/article/76-parks-gardens-a-conservation-areas/533-short-hills-provincial-park-roland-road-entrance.html

Trail length 

0.8 km

Walking time 

30 minutes

Cycling time 

Cycling is not permitted on this trail.

Surface features 

Wide, hard-packed stone-dust (gravel) path with gentle slopes.

Trail linkages 

Swayze Falls Trail

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