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 cut over 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 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 favorite. 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 out back, 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. With Porcupine Ridge still closed, it’s a good thing too.
Though not close to Toronto, find a way… Check it out, sure to be on your short list.