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Top Trails in Southern Ontario

By gogreenspoke

As most avid cyclists know, fall is a wonderful time to explore the outdoors on your bike! Being able to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and beautiful autumn colours surrounding the trails is a major bonus. We love fall biking so much we’ve put together a list of our favourite biking trails in Southern Ontario for your next biking adventure! 

 

Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail – 18kms

https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Cambridge-to-Paris-Rail-Trail.aspx

Terrain: The entire trail is surfaced with stone dust.

Skill Level: Easy to Moderate

This trail is aimed for riders with a skill level of easy to moderate. It follows the old roadbed of the Lake Erie and Northern Railway, making it a unique and fun ride! However, worthy of note – the entire trail is surfaced with stone dust, so dress and prepare accordingly.

 

Hamilton Beach – Park Trail – 12 kms

https://ontariobiketrails.com/item/hamilton-beach-park-trail/

Terrain: Sandy spots, paved, flat sections

Skill Level: Easy to Moderate

The Hamilton Beach Park Trail is also rated in the easy to moderate skill level, with highlights including a beach along the way for a quick dip, and easy cruising on a park path. You’ll mostly experience paved, flat sections but there are also some sandy spots along the way to be aware of.

 

Toronto Lake Shore – Park Trail – 18 kms

https://ontariobiketrails.com/item/toronto-lake-shore-park-trail/ 

Terrain: Paved, bridges, flat sections, gentle hills 

Skill Level: Easy

This 18km trail is an easy ride for all skill levels, without many challenges along the way. You will experience a paved path with flat sections, gentle hills and some bridges. A nice afternoon ride that you can bring the kids along for!

 

Hydrocut Mountain Biking Trails – 35km of continuous singletrack

http://www.thehydrocut.ca

Terrain: Cross Country

Skill Level: Easy to Expert

The Hydrocut Mountain Biking Trails are true to their name! Offering something for everyone, you’ll be able to find trails suitable for easy to expert, hidden among the trees. If you’re looking to spend the day exploring a variety of trail systems in the same place, this is the spot for you! 

 

Turkey Point Provincial Park Mountain Biking Trails – 85 kms

https://tpmbc.com

Terrain: Cross Country

Skill Level:  Easy to Expert 

Offering 85km in trails, Turkey Point Provincial Park Mountain Biking Trails were made for exploring! With a variety of different paths to choose, everyone from easy to expert is welcome to ride here. 

 

BONUS – Rainy Day riding! Check out Joyride 150 – 1.6kms

https://www.joyride150.com

Terrain: Indoor

Skill Level: Easy to Expert

Every dedicated cyclist needs a spot to ride when the weather isn’t in their favour! Joyride 150 is an indoor bike park with over 100,000 square feet of riding fun for ALL skill levels. The perfect place to get your “bike on” in rainy weather… and they even have a vert park in case you want to to put your bike trick abilities to the test!

 

 

Remember, when exploring a trail for the first time, it’s important to make sure you are well prepared. This includes proper biking equipment, bike repair tools, having a pack with adequate water and small packaged food, as well as a fully charged phone and a device that allows access to GPS. 

 

There are a couple of great smart phone apps* that are an excellent sidekick to take on the trails with you. Both Trailforks (hyperlink: https://www.trailforks.com/ ) and AllTrails (hyperlink: https://www.alltrails.com/) have an internal trail database with access to maps that are great tools to have at your fingertips. These apps both offer a free trial so you can “try before you buy” and be sure to get the app that is most suited for your cycling needs! 

 

We couldn’t list all the trails in Southern Ontario, but we’d love to know – what are some of your favourite biking trails to add to the list?

 

*Please note, Greenspoke is not affiliated with these apps. 

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