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Scenic Lookout Views at Glen Major Forest & Walker Woods

Glen Major Forest and Walker Woods is an area managed by Toronto Conversation Authority, featuring over 3,700 acres and over 47 km of trails. There are multi-use trails for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding. The topography consists of a hilly landscape with open scenic lookout points, and large wooded regions.

Located in Uxbridge, ON Glen Forest Trail is just shy of an hour drive from Toronto. There are a few spots that offer free parking, depending on what area you want to visit.

Here are some different trailheads, and what you can expect to discover!

Photo of map taken at the Three Rocks trailhead (G1). There are plenty of trail options so take a photo of the map or bring a map with you!

Three Rocks Trailhead (G1 on map)

There is free parking in a designated parking lot at this trailhead, located off Concession 7. Either path you take from this trailhead will immediately begin to slowly lead you up a hill. The trail isn’t difficult and there are no majorly steeped parts.

Three Rocks trailhead, view of parking lot off of Concession 7 in Uxbridge.
Trail about 300 meters from the Three Rocks trailhead entrance.

That’s it! You have reached a great lookout point that easily.

Aggregate Pit Trailhead (G24 on map)

Glen Major Forest belonged previously to Timbers Brothers, who sold the property to the Toronto Region Conservation Authority in 1998. The site was used as a gravel and aggregate pit, and before restoration, there were large bare quarries dominating the terrain.

The site had been restored through resurfacing the landscape, planting seeds, and creating a trail system along with trail signage. Now, the area is rightfully promoted as a “Living Classroom” that exemplifies the result of restoration programs.

My favourite part of visiting Glen Major Forest is the scenic lookouts.

Walker Woods (W19 on map)

Tree tops of Walker Woods.

Walker Woods is named after James Walker, who acquired the properties in the 1940’s – 1960’s.

As the purchased properties were deserted and bare, Walker’s first priority was developing the landscape by creating a forest. Walker planted Scots, red pines, and hardwood trees, and more – over 2 million in total. Walker began to operate a successful private forest business by selling wood product like firewood, wood boards, and even Christmas trees.

Trail path between the tall trees of Walker Woods.

Leave a comment to let us know if you have visited Glen Major Forest or Walker Woods, and what your experience was!

Safe trekking!


East Dufferin Headquarters. Retrieved Nov 11, 2020 from https://trca.ca/parks/east-duffins-headwaters/.

Taylor, D., & Rose, J. (n.d.). Legacy James Walker: Green-durham. Retrieved November 12, 2020, from https://www.greendurham.ca/james-walker-legacy

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