Buckwallow is one fine MTB ride on the Canadian Shield. Just north of Gravenhurst by Hwy 11 you will find a bit of everything from crazy rock ridges to friendly smooth winding trail. The key features of this location are the boulders the size of cars and rock ridges that can be ridden over or around. Yeehaw!
With plenty of track and many twisty, rocky challenges to take on, there’s lots of variety. Yet nothing too dangerous, though one must stay vigilant. Picking your speed and choosing the right line is alway on one’s mind.
That said, there is ample riding for the beginner / family outing to have fun. Half the tracks are cut as twisty, but easy trail in here, with few hills.
Since last there, three new beginner trails have been cut. The White Trail Fawn trail has some scenic views as you roll over the flat rocks and flows well.
Mike the owner seems to always be there to greet you, and a chatty friendly countryman he is. :^) His crew keeps the trails well maintained and new ones are added yearly. This trail system just gets better all the time. (even the outhouse has fresh paint)
You will need the paper map given when you pay your fee. I found even with the yellow signs posted, I got spun around a few times. Trails are not one way, so take heed. The favored entrances are marked with a name, the exits are not?? I wish they were.
Trails are accurately rated using deer hoofs. (see scale on map) One to six hooves. Beyond three you better know what you’re doing or walk it. Body armour might be a good idea in here. (chin, elbow pads)
Favourite runs for the rock enthusiasts Moose Mayhem, Loan Rider, West D’Nile and Bear Bluff.
If you like camping, stay overnight at the KOA campground across the street and do Porcupine Ridge too. This is cottage country and there is a marsh on the eastside so expect bugs to bite June onward; keep moving.
Serious mountain bike riders know it’s worth the drive from Toronto. With cottagers coming the weekends, midday gets busy. By the fall, the colours are out and the bugs and crowds are gone, so it’s a great time to ride!