GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 44.26374 °North /Longitude -80.54554°West. Terrain: easy. Many water features; bikes okay; snowshoes and skis in winter but trails are not groomed in winter, so prepare to break trail on your skis. One of two distinct hiking area right in the Village, the Flesherton Hills is a 100 acre tract of meadows, abandoned apple orchard, ponds, forest and trails behind École Grey Highlands Secondary School (GHSS) and École Macphail Memorial Elementary School and accessible to the public.Use the entrance to the Hills at the west end of the parking lot at École Macphail Elementary (on Campbell Street, 2nd street south of the lights off Highway 10), if you’d like to take a look at the trail guide posted there. The guide will give you the basic “lay of the land.” None of the trails are blazed but they are well-trod and you are often within sight of one or the other school, so it would be difficult to get lost; you can simply wander and explore. The area is used for outdoor studies and has an extensive network of trails. It is maintained by the Environmental Studies Program (ESP) at GHSS. The ESP students over the years have planted thousands of trees in the property, including White Pine, White Spruce, some Red Pine, Tamarack, Eastern White Cedar, some hardwoods, Dogwood and Poplar.One popular route is a loop – on foot or on a mountain bike – from Macphail school, through the apples, along the meadow and to the back of the site past the beaver pond. There, across a newly replaced bridge, is a short, but lovely, forest loop through hardwood such as Maple, Beech, and Basswood that brings you back around to the bridge.In the spring, White and Red Trilliums and Wild Leeks (Ramps) abound in the forest, the abandoned orchard Apples blossom and abundant wild flowers such as Trout Lilly and Violets bloom. There are some rare Rock Elm trees in the small gully just north of the picnic pavilion and in summer there are brambly Wild Roses, and pale blue Chicory and sprightly Daisies line the trails, along with the occasional garter snake or leopard frog!In the fall, the colours are spectacular in the Flesherton Hills. Vivid orange, gold and red maple trees reflect in the still ponds. The fields are awash in colour also – as many varieties of Wild Asters bloom in alabaster white, mauve and darker purple.Ponds abound around every turn in the trail – some all year around and some only in the spring. Cattail-edged ponds harbour a host of aquatic wildlife and are visited by Red-Winged Blackbirds, Canada Geese, Mallards, Mergansers and other ducks. The ponds at the rear of the property are home to some busy beavers and I have seen porcupine just off the trails during the day. (There are raccoons and skunks around, but they are mostly nocturnal).Deer are plentiful at almost any time of the year. They especially like to travel in the stretch of forest alongside the east-west trail that takes one out of the Hills and toward the high school playing fields.This description is excerpted, with the permission of the author, from Steal this Trail, an e-book available from Amazon.