Dundas Valley – Park Trail entrance Governors Rd. Hamilton
Posted on March 16, 2019
Dundas Valley – Park Trail
Listing Types : Bike Trails / Park Trail
Location : Central Ontario
Note : EPIC Ride
Total Trail Km : 40
Hiking trail % : 20
Park Path % : 60
Road % : 20
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate
Terrain : smooth soil, paved, crushed gravel, gentle hills, steep hills, open field, rocky patches
Faclities : parking, food close by, toilet, outhouse, change rooms, lodging, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained

Length – 40 km

60% park path
20% dirt single track
20% road

Elevation – flat in the valley with a few quick hills, some steep

Terrain – a mix of old roads and paths – asphalt, gravel, crushed stone

Skill – all levels, some MTB trail

Maps – map at trailhead, signs on trail (some were missing)

Facilities – large parking lot, outhouse, snacks, water, washrooms at train station

Highlights – bridges, sulphur springs, stone mansion ruins, old train station

Trail Fee – free if you ride there, or $10 per car to park

Phone – weekends: 905-627-1233, weekdays: 905-525-2181

Website – Hamilton Conservation Authority

Similar Trails – Morrison Valley, Taylor Creek, Eldred King

Local Clubs – Hamilton Cycling Club

Access – There are many access points. The parking lot where the flag is on the map is a good central point to start. Enter side road into park at around 620? Governors Rd. near Ridgewood.

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The Dundas Valley Conservation Area, right at the west end of the lake near Hamilton is a wonderful park with well treed loops.

Here you will find many paths and even a Rail trail that runs through it.

The bicycle paths are wide, mainly crushed gravel with some hilly sections. Some are short yet steep and you might opt to walk up them.

The Main loop circles the park and is a popular ride but yet not too crowded. Expect to see not only bikers but hikers, dogs and even horses.

Also on the loop is the train station and a large abandoned stone farmstead – The Hermitage. A very odd sight to come upon. Covered in ivy, the shell of this once stately home has an interesting history you can read about at the gate.

Signs will keep you on the right track with trail branches leading you out in all directions. There is a lot to ride here besides the Main loop.

Though not all side trails are suitable for the causal Park rider. I found many thinned out to worthy track mountain bikers would appreciate and you may curse.

In the centre of the park is a replica of a Victorian train station, which is by the Hamilton Rail Trail that goes to Brantford or east into Hamilton.

Here you can find washrooms, maps and eats. This area has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO for its unique plant life and post-glacial terrain.

Look for moss covered limestone boulders as you cycle, they are part of the Niagara Escarpment and very photogenic.

The Main loop is a great start for a day outing with family or friends to explore this forest valley.

Dundas Valley trail map

Dundas Valley trail map

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