Georgian – MTB Trail

8 Nine Mile Lake Rd, Parry Sound
Posted on August 17, 2018 / 1750
Georgian – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Northern Ontario
Total Trail Km : 21
MTB Track % : 50
Double track % : 50
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, can be muddy, flat rock, twisty & gnarly, tree roots, rocky patches
Faclities : parking, toilet, outhouse, trailhead map, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Yes

Length – 21 km

50% MTB single track
50% double track access roads

Elevation – level area with short hills (some steep), a few drops

Terrain – forest floor, roots, flat rock, sandy spots, muddy low sections, boardwalks

Skill – all levels

Maps – map board, signs, (a little confusing)

Facilities – parking lot, outhouse

Highlights – open flat rock, ponds, scenic, winter Fatbikes

Trail Fee – $12, under 18 is $7, buy online

Phone – none

Website –  Get Outdoors Parry Sound,  Facebook

Similar Trails –  Buckwallow, Naughton, South March

Local Clubs – GOPS, MORCA

Access – Northeast of Parry Sound up Hwy 124. Look for Nine Mile Rd. Parking is just on the other side of the train tracks.

Trailhead east up the hill, past ski chalet and most trails are 5 minutes beyond.

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Up in cottage country near Parry Sound, you will find a new set of MTB trails that rock. As in they take you over some fine, fun flat top rocky Canadian Shield.

This is the same area the Georgian Nordic Ski Club has used for many years skiing the main loops in the winter. (I have too)… and Fatbikes are welcome.

New side trails have been recently cutover and around some interesting and scenic landscape not seen in most other MTB spots in Ontario.

After many postponed rain days over the years, I finally was there to scout it out. Perhaps that delay has helped, as they are still cutting trail and making improvements. I met the trail builders and they have big plans!

This is a level, not too hilly place — just right. The 18 odd loops range from easy to advanced with enough for everyone to be happy, from a family with kids to avid MTB riders. Just pick your level.

The main Lynx loop/road goes through here with everything branching out from it.

Right at the parking lot a quick run on the short Weasel loop gives you a feel of what the rest of the runs may be like.

The harder Bear, Wolf and Otter loops offered a few tricky, rocky sections but most of it was not too crazy.

The Rattlesnake + Extension loops were a favourite. I hit some real scenic open tight trail, with ponds and boardwalks and enjoyed the flattop rock sections too. Nice stop for a snack at the picnic table by the marsh.

For serious MTB riders get to the Beaver loops outback, you will love it.

Expect bugs on a hot summer day and boggy, soggy low spots if there has been a lot of rain.

Though a tad pricey, I am thinking it helps get them to cover insurance and get established. You can pay online.

I saw new signs and maps here and there. These need to be laid out better and are doubled up with the existing winter ski signs, adding to the possible confusion.

At one intersection with 5 forks, I stood at the map board, looked around but saw no trail signs for reference. Some paths had signs further down, but not from that perspective. Hopefully, this will be fixed soon.

Will you get lost? Not likely, but you may ride the wrong way or too far.

Only open for a few years, a welcome MTB destination for rock hounds.  Try  Porcupine Ridge too, now reopen.

Though not close to Toronto, find a way… Check it out, sure to be on your short list.

 

Read the new review of Georgian and 54 other trails in my new MTB guidebook.

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Reviews
4.7
Total Score 2 REVIEWS
Fun Factor: Scenic: Trail Design: Technical: Workout:
  • December 13, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    There are several new trails and improved sections since the original review. Plenty of single track and lots more rolling rock structure. The addition of Fisher, Three Bears, Eagles and Osprey have created a challenging 17km, loop of primarily single track. Add in the Fox and Beaver back country loop for an epic adventure. Signage is getting better but still needs improvement as it criss-crosses multiple double track ski trails. It’s easy to miss trail heads.

  • August 17, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    A great NEW MTB trail location sure to please most. Lots of fun scenic riding. Open sections with flat rock and ponds.

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