Treat yourself to a quick spin on some fun MTB trail that flows well and moves fast at the Carrick Tract. Out in the middle of nowhere in Ontario farm country, lies a small but well-made set of loops worth trying.
South of Walkerton, this single track is hilly and has a lot of stone aggregate mixed in with the soil (which I suspect is left from the last glacier melt). It likely fares well after it rains.
Hand built with mountain biking in mind, these loops twist and turn with berms and benched trail. No structures or log hops to be found here, just rooty sections and stones.
The map board at the trailhead has a few more short loops to it than the map posted on the site. Also the trail lengths have been recalculated and are now shorter.
The trail right from the parking lot is Johnny’s Swamp of Doom for 1.6 km, a warm up beginner loop. A fun run, with little swamp, a few mosquitos and thankfully not much doom. ;^0
The feature trail here is Sleepy Hollow, a harder, hilly fast run that connects with My First Time loop. It then continues on Gilly’s Galactic Speedway to give you 4 km.
A newly added loop at the back end, Tables and Turns has a few simple table jumps but truly it should not be rated as Difficult.
For years I gave little consideration to this location thinking it was too small, so what could it offer? Yet upon riding, I found the trails though short, of fine quality and well designed.
At 8 km in length one can ride it the opposite way for more mileage.
It’s an oasis in the middle of flat farm country. With not much else around, try it next time you are traveling through the area.
You will be pleasantly surprised and enjoy these decent runs to stretch those legs.