Eldred King Forest Tract, north of Markham, is a little known, medium-sized ride area for MTB riders to try at least once. Great spot for beginners.
Also, Intermediate Park style cyclists can find plenty of access roads to ride if you have wide tires to ride the dirt and sand.
You will find only a map at the trailhead, so use your phone app or print one out. The roads and tracks have no signposts and run every which way. So this is a place to explore and find your own adventure.
Getting to the single track among the access roads is the tricky part. As there are no signs and few entry points. But once you get in, and ride around you will be delighted at the amount of trail which flows well.
Most of the MTB runs are is on the south half of the map with a few hilly spots that will keep it fun and challenging enough. Every time I go, I find even more twisty MTB trail.
Some of the side trails are carved out by local horse riders. You will know it, as they are more straight and lumpy from the hove marks left behind.
Unlike other ride spots I know, you may likely meet a horse and their poop on the trail, which in itself is a technical trail obstacle. (lol)
Note: When you see a horse, stop ahead and ask the rider how the horse may react. Some horses have never seen an alien mountain biker, they may get spooked, and throw the rider/kick you.
Also, expect to see dog walkers near the parking lot and pond.
This mixed pine and hardwood forest is logged at times in the winter. A few areas have large swaths of sand that are next to impossible to ride. (unless it has just rained)
Large swaths of sand found here, is probably why it is not an all-around popular spot. Though perfect for unstoppable Fatbikes!
I have not checked out all corners of this forest tract. Southwest of the parking lot, it goes for a good stretch in many directions. At one point I came across an archery range, not sure where.
I have included another map to show even more trail you could explore. Some of these routes are straight dirt roads others sand traps or dead ends.
Yet you may find something special on your adventure if the trail calls you to try them.