Everyone who enjoys the adventure of walking in natural surroundings with their families can savour the beauty of the Bayfield River Valley, and the many varied hiking trails that can be found in and around the village. There are well marked and maintained trails for all skill and fitness levels that encourage family day hikes of varying lengths from 1 to 5 kilometres. The Bayfield River Valley Trails include four unique hiking trails: the Woodland Trail, the Heritage Trail, and the Sawmill Trail (all in Bayfield); and the Mavis/Taylor Trails in Varna.
The Bannockburn Trail is located just outside of Bayfield on Bannockburn Line. This trail begins with a boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible.
The area is home to six different natural communities: wet meadow, eastern white cedar, deciduous forest, old field and mixed scrub and marsh. Hunting and motorized vehicles are not permitted.
Located on the south side of Clinton, the two-kilometre loop trail offers a pleasant walk along the Bayfield River. A picnic pavilion provides shelter and a popular place for families. Washroom and playground facilities area also available.
Naftels Creek is a scenic retreat that features terrific walking trails through a variety of habitats. Explore plantations, mixed deciduous forests, and cedar lowlands. In winter the site is used extensively for cross county skiing. Naftel’s Creek is a renown fishing spot suporting speckled and rainbow trout as well as chinook salmon in the fall.
The forests, fields and wetlands present at Hullett Marsh provide a wide diversity of wildlife species for all outdoor enthusiasts. The Friends of Hullett, partnered with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited, manage Hullett as a multi-use facility for hikers, canoeists, hunters, horseback riders and birders.