Harold Town – MTB Trail 2611 Old Norwood Rd., W of Peterborough
Updated March 6, 2018
Harold Town – MTB Trail
Listing Types : MTB Trail
Location : Eastern Ontario
Note : EPIC Ride
Total Trail Km : 13
MTB Track % : 80
Double track % : 10
Hiking trail % : 10
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate, Advanced
Terrain : smooth soil, structures, logs jumps, crushed gravel, wood chips, can be muddy, bridges, large hills, drains well, steep hills, twisty & gnarly, tree roots, rocky patches
Faclities : parking, toilet, outhouse, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 13 km

80% MTB single track
10% hiking trail
10% double track access roads

Terrain – some easy flat loops at base, most harder (fun) track on side of large hill, both sides, levels off on top

Surface – smooth top soil, gravel, lots of rock and wood structures, log hops, berms

Skill – all levels, but most of it is built for Advanced riders

Facilities –  parking lot, outhouse, pack out your garbage

Highlights – lookout, well cut track, new structures

Trail Maps –  map board at parking lot

Trail Pass – free

Phone – 705-745-5791

Website – Otonabee Conservation Area

Similar Trails: Ravenshoe, Centennial

Local Clubs – MTB Riders of Harold Town,  Peterborough Cycling Club

Access –  large parking lot just south off 2611 Old Norwood Road

– helmets mandatory

Harold Town Conservation Area, just east of Peterborough is a new ride spot just opened to offer some of the best riding in Ontario. Trails are built on a large mound that stands out in the countryside. With the efforts of the locals, they have built some very well designed IMBA type, sweet MTB track that will please everyone.

Never too crowded (it’s a secret still) you will enjoy and be challenged to some great MTB riding in a rather compressed space. Though not having endless kilometers at only 10 km of single track, every trail has been thought out and will leave you smil’n. Ya it’s worth the drive from TO!

For the beginner the loops are at the base of the hill and as you would expect rather flat and tame except every so often there is a small ramp or rock as an alternate choice to play with and hone your skills.

As you take the switchbacks to the top of the mount you will have a few choices in moderate to experts trail. Each has signs posting length and amount of climbing. There is a map at the entrance (a second on top would be nice).

Most of the terrain is smooth black soil, but just to mix it up the trail builders have added rock piles, ramps, logs and berms. Since most of the woods are cedar expect a few mosquitoes even on a dry day….just keep moving.

Expect a fair share of climbing up this old ski hill, with the payoff bombing down the Laundry Chute or Honeymoon makes it worth it.

Also worth noting is the grand view from many spots on the top. Watch for hikers and dogs.The best part about this new spot is it has room to grow. Your help is welcome.

Harold Town MTB trails

Harold Town MTB trail map

 

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