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Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Arrowhead Provincial Park boasts miles of hiking trails, trees, private campsites, picnic areas, and quiet lakes with sand beaches, including a portion of the shoreline of a glacial lake. Rent a boat, canoe, or kayak and go fishing and swimming in the lake. Hike or bike through a mixed deciduous forest following the trail that leads to a waterfall or travers another trail that leads to the remains of 1870s homesteads. The park is also known for classic and skate skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Arrange to visit Arrowhead Provincial Park and other attractions in Huntsville using our Huntsville vacation planner.
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We visited here in early October when all the leaves were changing colour and it was a great trip out. We drove from Toronto and it took about 3 hours each way but it was worth the trip. Lots of hidde... read more »
Being in the shadow of huge Algonquin Park, this park is probably often ignored/rejected in favour of the larger park. It is a great park, with walkable, reasonable length trails. My wife had a hip re... read more »
Checked out the big bend lookout and Stubbs fall trail. Very nice. Not overly crowed. Only thing was that the red maple leafs on the trail almost all fell off already so you don't see that much red wh... read more »
Great place for any age Great sites and beautiful scenery. Went kayaking and had a great time..still waters Nice trails for walking or biking. Large private campsites The town of Huntsville is another great place..clean and really nice views. I wrote down many nice site # as we will be back
I will start with the positives. Arrowhead is a beautiful park. The hiking is great and we had a wonderful time canoeing down to to Stubb's Falls. The BIG downside...in all my years of camping at Ontario Parks, I have never encountered comfort stations as disgusting as these. On a long weekend in a park that is completely full at $50 a site, they couldn't even manage to clean the bathrooms adequately. There were feces smeared on toilet seats, vomit and toilet paper all over the floor. It was gross. The bathrooms were only cleaned once a day and often well after the morning rush so people waking up had to make do with the mess from the previous day and night. No thanks won't be returning.
Large campgrounds with lovely lake. Our site was in a populated area, but it felt like we were secluded which was lovely. Wished I had booked a site with hydro tho! The lake was beautiful, but some of our friends were planning to rent paddle boards or canoes, and their selection was so small (only 2 paddle boards) they had to wait until the next day. The location of the grounds is great, only a 5 min drive to a thriving town with a Walmart, and a few restaurants, incase you forget anything.
Site 445 Roe campground. Stayed here for 2 nights and 3 days with my two daughters (9 and 11). As a person who grew up doing more "interior" or backwoods camping I have not had any good "car-camping" experiences. However Arrowhead Roe campground has changed my opinion of that. The sites are relatively private and there are several amenities that make the experience great. Potable water stations close by, functioning but not fancy washrooms, the comfort station, 2 picnic tables at the site, a working grill with fire pit and lots of trails. It all combines to make for a seamless and comfortable experience. The beaches are nice and the trails varied in length which gives you options. Park staff were also present over the 3 days which is nice to see. The park store was a saving grace as we ran short on fire wood. There was a black bear encounter at the site next to us (food was left out briefly) and the bear was eager for more as he snooped around the other sites. The park staff came and spoke with the camper, assured they were aware, monitoring and attempting to live trap. Luckily that same night they returned and had trapped the bear (Lucky for sure and not the only bear but still nice to have the feedback). Overall the park was well spaced, lots of amenities depending on the site you choose and provides a nice setting for family camping. My kids liked the whole experience and with bathrooms etc. not far from any campsite they enjoyed the freedom to go without me and explore the local area. If only you could pick the fellow campers on nearby sites (looking at you multiple families on one site with wild kids and up till midnight partying...)
I had a good memory of the great nature and wildlife of Arrowhead so I picked this park again this year. Unfortunately the experience was very different this year. They charge a premium pricing and couldn't get their toilets working. All their "comfort stations" and toilets where locked during the long weekend and no warden was around at night. Mother nature's work aside, in the past 3 years I haven't had any good experience with Ontario parks.
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