Dufferin Forest – MTB Trail 937513 Airport Rd. Hwy 18
Updated September 8, 2017
Dufferin Forest – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Central Ontario
Note : EPIC Ride
Total Trail Km : 25
MTB Track % : 60
Double track % : 20
Hiking trail % : 20
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, logs jumps, can be muddy, flat sections, large hills, drains well, gentle hills, twisty & gnarly, tree roots
Faclities : parking
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 25+ km

80% MTB single track
20% double track access roads

Terrain – rolling hills, large cliff,

Surface –  forest base, sandy spots on inclines, drains well

Skill – all levels, some steep sections and tight turns

Trail Pass – free

Facilities – large parking lot, camping at Mansfield

Maps – none at trailhead and you could get lost

Phone –

Website – Headwaters

Similar Trails –  Glen Major, Albion Hills, 3 Stage

Local Clubs – Team Van Go

Trailhead –  east side beyond the parking lot

Directions – from Toronto north on Airport Rd. for a good hour past hwy 89 and 10 Sideroad. Just past the Mansfield Ski area, up the hill on the east side is parking.- 937513 Airport Road


Dufferin Forest is an excellent LARGE forest west of Barrie just at the top of a hill. It’s a bit far from Toronto but worth the drive. Never crowded and with plenty of parking too.

The trails flow most of the time from one into the other. There are few signs in this large woodlot and you could get lost. After a rain it drains well. It is rated Advanced only if you ride more the 25+ km then you will need good legs.

Most of the riding is at the top of the hill, so stay there. If you go to the bottom of the valley it will be a good work out upon your return. Lots of trail to ride but aside of the view south off the hilltop it’s all trees, not that scenic and no outstanding features, which is good reason to not get lost, cause you might. Complete maps are hard to find and I hope to put one together eventually.

You may have to walk part of the hill, it is sandy. The terrain drains well, so riders favour it sooner after a rain than other spots. You will find it a mixture of hardwood and pine tree farming by the government.

There are a no rock or wooden structures I can recall, few open sections. Some caused by logging that may change the trail up. You may even see deer or horses. Give them notice you are coming.

This wood tract is just north beyond the Mansfield Nordic area. That used to be a MTB area too, but now only hosts races.

An excellent forrest run for seasoned MTB riders looking to ride long and hard. Plenty of twisty single track that never gets boring.

Dufferin Forest Bike Trail Map

Dufferin Forest Bike Trail Map (there are more yet to be mapped)



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  • June 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Dufferin Forest is a fantastic ride — there’s plenty of challenging climbs and technical sections with exposed roots, as well as great flow. Yes, you can easily get lost, but the singletrack is easy enough to find and great to follow. The Lollipop Trail is fun and flowy; Ken’s Trail has a memorable switchback and North of 20 has a killer climb. Connect with a local through Team Van Go (use Google) and they’ll introduce you to the trails. Oh yah — it’s fat bike fun in winter. Doubletrack and snowshoe trail singletrack. Love this place!

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