Hamilton Brantford – Rail Trail

Hamilton to Brantford
Updated April 12, 2018
Hamilton Brantford – Rail Trail
Listing Types : Rail Trail
Location : Western Ontario
Note : Popular
Total Trail Km : 32
Double track % : 95
Road % : 5
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate
Terrain : sandy spots, paved, crushed gravel, wood chips, bridges, flat sections, drains well, gentle hills
Faclities : parking, food close by, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, change rooms, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length –  32 km

95%  rail trail path
5% road crossing, detours – in Brantford

Elevation –  east side  is a slow easy climb from Hamilton at lake level for 13 km then it levels off through farm country.

Terrain – well maintained wide path, crushed stone, some gravel and asphalt, a few road crossings

Skill – easy terrain with gradual climbs

Maps – sign at gate  – well signed along the way, maps boards

Traffic – bicycles, hikers, horseback riding, X-country skiers

Facilities –  parking, washrooms, store, benches

Highlights – Dundas Valley, train station, Hamilton, farms, quarry

Phones – 1 866 900 4722

Website – Grand River Conservation Authority

Similar Trails – Caledon, Uxbridge, Kissing Bridge

Local Clubs – Hamilton Cycling Club

Access –  parking in Hamilton, Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Jerseyville, Brantford

History – This rail trails start as train route in 1894 of the TH&B (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway) till abandoned in 1988 because of a landslide. It was converted to one of Canada’s first multi-use trail in 1996.

The Hamilton to Brantford Bicycle Rail Trail is one third of the full length of the rail line which continues through Paris to Cambridge — a total of 80 km and part of the Trans Canada Trail Network. Rated as one of the best rail trails in the area for being well maintained and scenic.

From the Hamilton end there is a long gradual climb through the treed Dundas Valley Conservation Area up to the farmlands of Southern Ontario. You pass one small village, Jerseyville 18 km in before reaching Brantford.

The trail has been extended on the east end a few extra km. It’s urban, paved and good as a connection for those coming from the city. You can park near the end of Studholme Rd. to start at the very beginning.

It is not too interesting but easy and smooth pavement. At one point on the path you need to zigzag around a shopping mall parking lot. (on a bike trail)  Take care crossing the roads, most have little traffic.

As the trail joins into the old start point at Ewen Rd. the trail is more naturalized and has a firm crushed stone base and no more road crossings for a long time.

At this point the still flat path becomes more treed and slowly climbs 9 km up the valley into the Dundas Park forest.

Here you can stop at the replica old train station to “refresh”, get water or a snack. From here you can continue or take side trails in the park, even half way back to make a loop of it. A look at the map shows many possibilities.

Once you see farmland heading west you will see plenty of it between the tree lined sections for 23 km as you enter Brantford.

The rail trail peaks at the ruins of Summit Station and descends through farmland through Jerseyville and on to Brantford with now more of a straight open trail.

Hamilton to Branford Rail Trail map

Hamilton to Branford Rail Trail map

Total Score 3 REVIEWS
Fun Factor: Scenic: Trail Design: Technical: Workout:
  • May 9, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    This trail is a treasure! Excellent for bicyclists of all skills & wheels, but bring water & snacks for the uphill legs. Many zen moments near Mineral Springs rail station, & lots of birds to enjoy. Best approached when you can afford to rest along the way, and take in the beautiful sights.

  • October 30, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Hamilton to Dundas conservation area by mb today was easy and awesome, bike the trails in the conservation area and then come back on the monarch trail which is excellent for me and largely a long glide downhill. What a treat! I saw a pileated wood pecker, buck and doe deer and can among other creatures along the way with very few people once on the trail.proper outside town. Excellent!

  • June 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

    One of the best rail trails in Ontario, scenic, well maintained and popular.

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