Ma’an Ancient Canal Trail features babbling brook sounds, rich plant and animal species within a diverse ecosystem, as well as a historical canal. It’s an easy trail for parents and children to enjoy a lovely hike together.
The trail lies in the Tranan Tribal Village in Wulai District of New Taipei City, also known as “Tranan Ma’an Ancient Canal Trail” and has a total length of about 1 km. It’s mostly a flat, easily accessible canal trail along the Daluolan River, so it’s also called the “Daluolan River Ancient Canal Trail.” It has towering old trees on both sides that provide shade in the surrounding environment. The most fascinating feature is the babbling brook sound that helps people feel cool and pleasant; also, tourists can enjoy a natural foot spa. During autumn and winter, Green Maple and Taiwan Cherry make the place a poem-like landscape.
The water canal was a common infrastructure of the hydraulic system in the early agricultural society; it conveyed water from the Daluolan River to the irrigated farms of the tribe. After the drinking water supply system began operation, the water canal stopped serving its irrigation function. However, these canals with running water have become the heaven of animals and plants; there are always dancing dragonflies and butterflies as well as croaking frogs and chirping birds, including the common Taiwan Whistling-thrush, Common Kingfisher, and Plumbeous Redstart. Although it’s not a long trail, the richness and diversity of the ecosystem make it suitable for parents and children to spend a wonderful time together.
To reach the Butterfly Park, walk along the river, pass the small wooden bridge, and go up the steps. During spring and summer, the place is famous for Great Mormon, Common Jay, which can be seen everywhere. Standing on the observation platform, tourists can appreciate the beautiful landscape of the Dalulan River Valley and mountain ranges. Visiting the trail in different seasons, the discovery of hidden treasures in the forest brings surprises all year round. After hiking, it’s suggested to drop by the village of the Atayal Tribe, the world’s northernmost Austronesia tribe, to try authentic tribal dishes or have afternoon tea. It’s a tour to the water-friendly hidden destination featuring the discovery of both culture and natural environment.
【Basic Information 】
- Location： Wulai District, New Taipei City
- Altitude：395 – 452 m
- Road Condition：Gravel road, stone steps
- Length：1 km for one way
- Difficulty Rating：Easy
- Best Season to Visit：All year round
- Spotlight Attraction：Irrigation canal in the early agricultural society, conservation of water canal and ecological environment
- Hike Duration：1 hour (round trip)
- Route：Ma’an Atayal Square/Majiabao Restaurant→ Observation Platform→ Butterfly Park Observation Platform→ Ancient Canal Intake→ Return via the same route