Gregg Cabin Recreation Area

Activities

The Gregg Cabin Recreation Area is a well-used recreational area with 11 campsites located beside the historic Gregg Cabin in the southern portion of Hinton Wood Products' Forest Management Area (FMA) - ATV use is permitted in and around the campground. Also located at the Gregg Cabin Recreation Area is the new Gregg picnic shelter (including a wood burning stove), cedar toilets, bear-proof garbage cans, numerous signs, a wood bin, and three kiosks with interpretive media. The site is also a starting point for the Pine Management Interpretive Trail, and a starting or finishing point for the Bighorn Trail.

History

The Gregg Cabin Recreation Area is a well-used recreational area located beside the historic Gregg Cabin in the southern portion of Hinton Wood Products' Forest Management Area (FMA) area. This Cabin is a Dominion of Canada Forestry Service log cabin built in 1917. It was one of a series of cabins about one day's ride apart on a trail system that stretched from the U.S. border through the foothills and front ranges to Hinton. The cabins were built to provide shelter for Dominion rangers on horseback patrol. Located close behind the cabin is the Gregg Burn, an 8700 hectare block of 44 year old lodgepole pine which originated from a wildfire in 1956. Nearby are plantations and other reforestation projects, including small plantations commemorating the 1991 planting of Hinton Wood Products Hinton Wood Products' 50 millionth tree, the 1999 planting of Hinton Wood Products' 100 millionth tree, and the 2005 planting of Hinton Wood Product's 150 millionth tree. To help protect the historic Gregg Cabin from overuse, a new picnic shelter on the Gregg Cabin site was constructed in 1999 by Hinton Wood Products with funding from the province's Forest Resources Improvement Program. The cabin was officially opened on June 19, 1999 as part of Hinton Wood Products' 100 millionth tree planting celebration.

How to Get There

When traveling west from Edmonton, turn left (south) onto Highway 40, approximately 4 kilometres past the town of Hinton. Follow Highway 40 south just over 20 kilometres until the Gregg River Road (and Gregg River) is encountered on the left side of the Highway. Turn left onto this road and follow it for 7.4 kilometres until the turn-off to the Gregg Cabin Recreation Area is found on the right side of the road. The Gregg River Road is an active logging/hauling road, and is normally accessible by 2-wheel drive. Drive with extreme caution (please review our “Exploring Managed Forest Lands" section).

Fee

This campground can is normally booked as a group campground on the weekends (by reservation only) - the cost is $105 per night. If the camp is not booked as a group campground, individual campsites can be reserved (sites are normally available mid-week). There is a $11/night fee per unit (a unit is a tent or a RV)

Firewood

FRMA provides firewood free of charge.

Maintenance

This campground is maintained by FRMA. This has been sub-contracted to Fox Creek Development Association, an aboriginal owned company located in Hinton, with a long working relationship with Hinton Wood Products.

Appropriate Use

The Gregg Cabin Recreation Area is located near the Gregg River, which has good fishing for rainbow trout, bull trout, eastern brook trout and whitefish (check local regulations for limits and restrictions). The Pine Management Trail starts from the Gregg Cabin Recreation Area and is popular for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and All Terrain Vehicles (quads). The Gregg Cabin also makes a good starting or ending point for hiking the Bighorn Trail. The Picnic Shelter has a wood stove, good for heating up food, or just warming up. There are also 5 picnic tables on this site both inside and outside of the Picnic Shelter for day use.

Reservations

Reservations are required for this campground. Reservations can be made by phoning the campground maintenance contractor "Fox Creek Development Association". They can be reached at 780-865- 2154 (between 8 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday), or by e-mail at foxsk@telusplanet.net. If reserved as a group campground, there is a non-refundable reservation fee of $111. If reserved by campsite, there is a reservation fee of $6/night. If reserved as a group site or a single campsite, the first night's fee is non-fundable if cancelled.