Cycling Trails | Ontario Highlands Tourism

Off-Road Trails

For off-road adventurers, gear up and tune up your bike, then get riding down the challenging and diverse terrain found in Ontario’s Highlands. You’ll experience adrenaline pumping new heights as you swerve down hilly slopes and through rugged wilderness for the experience of a lifetime.

Bike trails, Haliburton Highlands – Find mountain biking trails and other bike links to help you plan your cycling trip in the Haliburton Highlands
Biking Trail Guide, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association – Find numerous trail options for beginners and extreme cycling enthusiasts on paved roads and off-track mountain biking trails
Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition trails – Choose from more than 15 trail options found in the Haliburton Highlands
Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike, Haliburton – Cross-country and downhill mountain biking with lift access for bikes and covered conveyor rides

Off-Road Trails, Ontario Trails Council

The following off-road mountain bike trails from the Ontario Trails Council website can be found in Ontario’s Highlands:

Beachburg Tract – This forest track is short and managed by the local authority to ensure conditions are maintained and appropriate for use
Bonnechere Tour Trail – The trail passes by Stephenson Lake, the Bonnechere River, and Crown Land that borders Algonquin Park
Braeside – Lochwinnoch – Sand Point – Once you have climbed the hill of Braeside the ride continues along flat gravel and paved roads in a loop that totals 26 kilometres
Buckshot Lake Trail – This trail is part of an extensive cycling network developed in Lennox and Addington County
Burnstown – Stewartville – This ride offers everything from the quaint village and artist’s community of Burnstown, to the hydro dam at Stewartville, to the farmland of McNab Township
Calabogie – Wabun Lake – Be prepared for some significant hills and challenges on this route; it is likely you will have to get off your bike and walk a few times
Calabogie The Old K & P (North) – This tour travels down to Calabogie along the K & P and returns by some of the small back roads that are abundant in the area
Carleton Place Trailway – The 7 kilometre Carleton Place Trailway is the portion of the Trans Canada Trail that links the Beckwith Trail with the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway
Cataraqui Trail – Trans Canada Trail – This route is on a railroad grade and passes through many communities
Central Frontenac Trailway – Trans Canada Trail Section – This 35-kilometre multi-use trail that is a former railway extends east-west through Sharbot Lake
Deacon – Tramore Trail – See the Bonnechere River, rocky cliffs, traditional homesteads, and a one-lane Bailey Bridge on this 20-kilometre loop trail
Deep River Trails – These roads and trails are among favourites for locals who enjoy a fairly easy mountain bike ride
Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance – Mountain bike over old and new bridges and keep your eyes open for numerous wildlife on this 450-kilometre trail network
Golden Lake – Augsburg – Ruby – This 45-kilometre tour takes you from the Village of Golden Lake, through the Pikwakanagan First Nation Community, to the hamlet of Augsburg, and the corners of Castile and Ruby
Hay Bay Trail – This trail is part of an extensive cycling network developed in Lennox and Addington County
IB & O Rail Trail – The northern section of this trail is quite heavily forested and there are numerous rock outcrops
Kate’s Lake Trail – This trail takes you onto an old pioneer roadway that meanders through Crown Land forest
Loom Lake Loop – One of a series of unmanaged trails in and around Gooderham, Ontario, that is fairly difficult and 55.6 kilometres in length
Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail – Reserved for mountain bikes, this moderately difficult trail through hilly hardwood forests has four loops ranging from 4.7 to 23.4 kilometres
Mountain Bike Adventure Trail – This 300-kilometre trail near Haliburton features forest access roads, shelters, lakes, and more
Opeongo Heritage Trail – A 2-kilometre trail with views of the Bonnechere Valley and Madawaska Highlands
Petawawa Research Forest Trail – Trail terrain includes mixed forest of red oak, red pine, white birch, maple, and white spruce
Point Trail – Murphys Point – The 5.5-kilometre trail loops around Murphys Point peninsula
Silver Queen Mine Trail – Starting at the Lally Homestead, this 2.3-kilometre trail crosses abandoned farm fields to the Silver Queen Mine, a turn-of-the-century mica mine
Sylvan Trail – This scenic trail winds through a mature hardwood forest for 2.5 kilometres
The Pinnacle – Renfrew – This ride starts in town and within a few kilometres you are climbing up the Pinnacle to meander through farm country before looping back on this 14-kilometre trail
Thomas P. Murray Recreational Trails – This 20-kilometre combination trail provides the option of choosing an easy to moderate trail of varying lengths
Wilno – Barry’s Bay – Kaszuby – This tour provides an opportunity to explore some of the Polish communities in Renfrew County along a 35-kilometre trail

Paved Trails

Experience nature and the niceties of the region’s villages, towns, and cities from paved pathways throughout Ontario’s Highlands. Expect scenic views of marshlands, rivers, waterfalls, and natural landscapes. When in town, you’ll see historic sites and buildings, plus have the chance to cycle alongside the famous Rideau Canal Waterway.

Biking Trail Guide, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association – Find numerous trail options for beginners and extreme cycling enthusiasts on paved roads and off-track mountain biking trails
Buckshot Lake (Route H), Lennox & Addington County – A challenging, 102-kilometre trail that takes you through Bon Echo Provincial Park and past wetlands, lakes, and rugged wilderness
Cycling Trails in Ontario’s Highlands, Cycle Ontario – Find numerous trails plus write-ups from fellow cycling enthusiasts on the terrain and scenery you can expect
Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance interactive map – Use this interactive map to find cycling trails in the Ontario’s Highlands region
Flinton Road, (Route I), Lennox & Addington County – A moderate road best suited for hybrid or mountain biking as it offers a combination of hard surface and dirt road
Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition trails – Choose from more than 15 trail options found in the Haliburton Highlands
Sheffield Trail (Route F), Lennox & Addington County – A challenging, 78-kilometre trail with views of granite and evergreens that passes through the communities of Tamworth, Erinsville, Arden, and Kaladar

Paved Trails, Ontario Trails Council

The Ontario Trails Council website has an extensive list of paved trails throughout Ontario. Here is a listing of the routes found in Ontario’s Highlands:

Arnprior – Burnstown – White Lake – This is a great pavement tour with many opportunities to take a break along the 43-kilometre loop
Beachburg – Westmeath – Lapasse – Winding its way from one small community to the next, this is a very relaxing ride
Braeside – Lochwinnoch – Sand Point – This tour offers some excellent views of the Ottawa River and the province of Quebec and includes climbing a hill outside of Braeside followed by flat gravel and paved roads
Brudnell – Quadeville – Letterkenny – This paved tour takes you to some of the most spectacular views in the area and while the route may be hilly it is well worth the climbs
Burnstown – Stewartville – This ride offers everything from the quaint village and artist’s community of Burnstown, to the hydro dam at Stewartville, to the farmland of McNab Township
Buttermilk Falls Route – Begin at Buttermilk Falls before embarking on an 18-kilometre paved trail that is moderately easy
Calabogie – Wabun Lake – Be prepared for some significant hills and challenges on this route; it is likely you will have to get off your bike and walk a few times
Carleton Place Trailway – The 7-kilometre Carleton Place Trailway is the portion of the Trans Canada trail that links the Beckwith Trail with the Ottawa-Carleton Trailway
Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority – A trail that follows the former Canadian National Railway line for a distance of 104 kilometres
Chalk River/Deep River Cycling Trail – The first part of this biking trail is a combination of dirt road and snowmobile trail; the second part is on gravel and paved road
Cobden – Foresters Falls – Mineview – This tour offers long, straight, mostly paved road with very little traffic; past Foresters Falls you can go for many kilometres without ever seeing a vehicle
Combermere – Craigmount – This 21-kilometre tour takes you past the fork of the Madawaska and York Rivers and the abandoned corundum mines of Craigmount
Dacre – Mt. St. Patrick – Balaclava – This 29-kilometre route follows the base of Mount St. Patrick Mountains to the village of Mount St. Patrick
Dorset – Kawagama Lake Cycling Route – This is a “choose your level” route: the 15-kilometre route is easy and flat while the 38-kilometre route has lots of hills with a few flat stretches
Drag River and Head Lake Trails – Interpretive signs highlight the area’s logging history and the rehabilitation of the river for walleye
Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance – You will find many old and new bridges along this 450-kilometre trail plus wildlife spotting opportunities
Eganville – Douglas – This is an easy and scenic bike ride that provides many view of the Bonnechere River
Flinton Road Trail – This 37-kilometre trail offers a combination of hard surface and dirt road
Fort Irwin – Percy Lake Route – This is a “choose your level” route: the first part is flat – then the hills begin
Golden Lake – Augsburg – Ruby – This 45-kilometre tour takes you from the Village of Golden Lake, through the Pikwakanagan First Nation Community, to the hamlet of Augsburg, and the corners of Castile and Ruby
Haliburton – Lochlin Loop – This is a good combination route that has flat parts and hilly areas along its 31 kilometre length
Horshe – Soyers Lake Loop – Choose from a 13-, 26-, or 38-kilometre trail through the Minden Wild Water Preserve
Kennisis Loop – This 14-kilometre trail is moderately easy and takes you around Little Kennisis Lake
Kinmount – Miners Bay Loops – The trail follows along several lake roads and you can choose whether to keep going for 13 or up to 30 kilometres
Kiwanis Way – Kiwanis Way is a paved bike, roller blading, and walking trail that follows a small portion of the Pembroke river front
Lake Dore – The Snake River meanders back and forth from Lake Dore to Muskrat Lake and you will cross the river five times on this 45-kilometre tour
Millennium Trail – Featuring a walkway and outdoor storyboards telling the history of the region’s people, this short and easy trail near Petawawa wanders near and over the Petawawa River
Old Railway Bike Trail – This terrific family trail follows the abandoned bed of the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway for most of its 10 kilometre distance
Ridge Trail Cycling Tour – Park your car at the access point to Algonquin Park and cycle along the route which winds its way through forest access roads and trails, over the South River, and past clear, sparkling lakes
The Pinnacle – Renfrew – This is a favourite ride for many Renfrew cyclists and starts in town before proceeding for 14 kilometres in a loop back into Renfrew
White Lake Trail – Rolling hills, lakes, and wetlands describe the landscape on this trail but you will be surprised at how challenging this 21-kilometre route can be
White’s Junction Trail – The trail heads north for 10 kilometres from Main Street Palmerston in Perth along a former railway line
Wilberforce Loop – This 42-kilometre trail is fairly easy and includes a scenic ride along forest-lined pathways
Wilno – Barry’s Bay – Kaszuby – This 35-kilometre tour provides an opportunity to explore some of the Polish communities in Renfrew County

Cycling Resources

Location: 191 Highland St. Box 570, Haliburton

The Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition advocates for and promotes cycling in the Haliburton Highlands. Our Cycling Map is available throughout the county. Whether you are planning for a leisurely tour or a long training ride, there's a route for you

(705) 457-1391
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Location: 97 Thomas Street East, Napanee

The Lennox & Addington County Trails include 12 looping routes consisting of 600 kilometres of paved roadway where you never retrace your path, yet are able to end where you began.

(613) 354-4883
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Location: 1054 Liswood Road, Haliburton

A Family owned and operated Four Season Ski & Snowboard Area with a Mountain Bike Park that is open Spring, Summer & Fall.

(705) 754-2298
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Location: 258 Hastings St. N, Bancroft

Bancroft based Adventure Outfitting. Bicycles, Canoes, Kayaks, Cross Country Skis, Snowshoing. Sales Service Rentals. Area maps and Information. River Trips, Trip Planning, Guiding and Shuttle Services, Cycling Club, Annual Cycling & Paddle Events

(613) 332-1969
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Location: 1344 Barry Line, Haliburton

Yours Outdoors offers unique experiences in art, culture, and nature in the Haliburton Highlands. Our single and multiday packages are original, engaging, enlightening, and will connect you with communities and the great outdoors

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