The Bell Section Trail, Mulmur
After working all weekend, I thought that a little run this morning would brighten up the dark gloomy day. Once on the trail my spirits were lifted and I felt totally present and connected with nature. it was so beautiful even without the sun.
This trail is known for its beautiful trees but also the pine river that flows through the park, which provide sought-after shade during the summer’s heat and its cooler being so close to the water. The trail is hilly but surprisingly very easy to hike or run. Today it was a bit muddy in places but overall it was a fun run.
Runners can disappear into the woods and feel at one with nature. It’s very normal to find yourself the only one on the trail as it’s very remote and not many people know about it.
This section of the Bruce Trail is called the Bell section, named after the founding members of the Dufferin Hi-Land Club, Grant and Grace Bell. There is an old abandoned power plant that once supplied power to Shelburne, Horning’s Mills and part of Orangeville in the late 1890’s and day 1900’s. The creation of Ontario Hydro, however, put many of Ontario’s private power plants out of business, and by 1927 hydro power was no longer being generated here.
At the start of the trail head you will see some awesome views of the pine river on the right side of the trail and there is even a sitting area so you can take in the great views. Further along you will find a flat straight away section next the lake. It’s a great spot to take a photo.
The trail then goes up, up and up. After a steep climb you reach a lookout over most of the Pine River Provincial Fishing Area. Here a plaque has been erected in memory of Grant and Grace Bell. Soon the main Trail heads north (right) through a mixture of woods, young growth and abandoned fields to reach the 15th Sideroad. Hike east on the 15th Sideroad. Where the white blazes turn north on the 1st Line WHS, continue straight ahead, following the blue blazes of the Kilgorie Side Trail, and follow the route down a hydro right-of-way to the River Road.
Cross river road and go left then on the right side you will see a bridge just to the edge of it you will descend down the trail and along the edge of the river until you see the power plant. Go around the left side of the plant then turn right then follow the trail up a hilly section. Watch your footing in this section as it can be muddy and there are lots of roots sticking out of the ground. Continue going up and down then you will find yourself next to the river again. Continue a few more minutes and you will come back out onto river road. Cross the rd and turn right then the trail head and your car will be on your left side.
The side trail has been extended westward. The extra distance gives runners the option to run approximately 4k but you can very easily add an additional 10k by using the main bruce trail. If you only have an hour to go running or hiking then this might be an option but it is a 10 minute drive north east of Shelburne.
How to get there and Where to Park: From Dufferin Road 124 head into the community of Horning’s Mills and turn right (east) onto River Road. Follow this winding, scenic road past the Pine River Fishing Area and over the Pine River several times until you see the white blazes of the Bruce Trail on the right (south) side of the road.You should be approaching the small community (if you really want to call it that..LOL) of Kilgorie. Park on the shoulder of the road and walk back (westward) until you see the white blazes heading into the park.
Note: Parking is very limited at the edge of the woods and can fit a maximum of 3 cars on a summer day. In the winter you will have to park on the side of river road.