Buckwallow – MTB Trail Hwy.11 & Reay Rd., Gravenhurst
Posted on September 7, 2018
Buckwallow – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Note : EPIC Ride
Total Trail Km : 32
MTB Track % : 70
Double track % : 30
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, structures, can be muddy, bridges, flat rock, large hills, drains well, steep hills, twisty & gnarly, tree roots, rocky patches
Faclities : parking, bike wash, food close by, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, change rooms, lodging, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained, bike rentals
Trail Fee : $12

Length – 32 km

70% MTB single track 19.5 km
30% double track access roads 12.5 km

Terrain –  some what flat woodland, a few short climbs on the back side, slopes to marsh,  wide access roads with twisty smooth single track

Surface –  smooth sandy/loam soil, drains well, large rocks, stone ridges, a few tree roots

Skill – All levels, from easy family trails to insane fun for experts.  Helmets are Manditory

Trail Pass – day pass $12

Hours – May 1st to Oct. 31st
8am to dusk, night riding by appointment

Facilities – parking lot, outhouse, bike wash, bike rentals,  KOA camping nextdoor

Maps – paper map given with your pass, signs on trails

Phone – 705 687-8858

Website – none

Similar Trails – Porcupine, Agreement ForestLaurentian, South March

Local Clubs – Ecclesstone Cycle

Trailhead – across the road and down a bit from the parking lot

Directions – north on Hwy 11 just past Gravenhurst, interchange 175 to Doe Lake Rd. briefly then north again parallel to hwy on Gravenhurst Parkway, east on Reay Road E. for 200m

There are few road signs to “Buck” so follow the KOA ones to get you there.

Cross country skiing here in the winter

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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!

Buckwallow MTB trail map
Total Score 2 REVIEWS
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  • October 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    A nearly perfect mix of everything you could want here, from beginner to expert. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours exploring and a little more for story telling. A beautiful leisurely ride in the fall or pushing your limits and learning new technical skills, this place has it all. Also hosts a local weekly race series and the occasional Ontario Cup race...check it out!

  • June 14, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    For those who like a little bit of rock in their ride. A few good surprises as you ride. Some serious fun at the back end.

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