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Hiking at Starkey Hill Trail in Summer

Starkey Hill Trail is an interpretive hiking trail near Guelph, Ontario, located on Arkell Road between Watson Road and Concession 11, in Puslinch Township. It’s not overly large but it offers some of the best views and light hiking trails in the Guelph area.

Starkey Hill was named after the Starkey family that had purchased land in the area in the mid-19th century.

A Favourite Hiking Trail Near Guelph

We often go hiking at Starkey Hill Trail at various times of the year. However, in the summer, you get the best experience.

Hiking Trails at Starkey Hill near Guelph, Ontario

We went hiking at Starkey Hill on a summer weekday. We did a total of approximately 4 km, round trip. My trusty little point and shoot camera was out most of the time. I was making many stops along the way to take a photo of a beautiful flower or scene.

Starkey Hill Trail

A daisy at the side of the trail at Starkey Hill

Weekday hikes at Starkey Hill mean fewer people on the trail. If you are looking for little trail traffic, it’s the best time to go. Otherwise, you can enjoy a quiet hike if you arrive very early in the morning.

Starkey Hill Hiking Trail near Guelph

Bring your camera/phone with you to take photos along the way.

Exercising Your Butt at Starkey Hill Trail

What makes the hiking trail at Starkey Hill a great place to hike is the variety of foliage, the scenery and the moderate level of exercise you get. There were times during our visit that we had to stop and take a moment to catch our breath. We climbed several hills which we like to call “Heartbreak Ridge”. Perhaps we are just a bit out of shape.

As there are many hardwood trees, this area is lovely in the fall. A trip in early October is a must.

Starkey Hill Trail - shaded forest

Hiking at Starkey Hill

Interesting Fact

Starkey Hill is the highest point in Puslinch Township. It offers a great view of Guelph, so anybody with a great digital SLR camera with telephoto lens can certainly enjoy taking some great shots.


601-805 Arkell Rd, Arkell – near Guelph, Ontario


Light to moderate in spots. Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good treads for hilly areas.

Do you have a story of hiking at Starkey Hill? What’s your favourite spot on the trail?

Hiking at Starkey Hill Trail near Guelph, Ontario.


  1. Great layout and concept! Keep going with this.