LE & N – Rail Trail

Brantford to Port Dover
Posted on September 28, 2018 / 12101
LE & N – Rail Trail
Listing Types : Rail Trail
Location : Western Ontario
Note : Cruising
Total Trail Km : 46
Double track % : 95
Road % : 5
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : paved, crushed gravel
Faclities : parking, food close by, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, lodging, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 46 km (one way)

90% rail trail path
10% road crossings, detours

Elevation – flat with very gradual slope

Terrain – crushed stone, some gravel, asphalt (more than usual) road crossings

Skill – easy

Maps – map board at gate

Traffic – bicycles, hikers, dogs, X-country skiers –  No E-bikes on Lynn Valley

Facilities –  parking, outhouse, benches, picnic tables, lodging and eats in Brantford, Waterford, Simcoe and Port Dover

Highlights – railroad bridges (large in Waterford), shaded woodlots, old farming communities

Trail Fee – free

Phone – none

Website – Norfolk Pathways,  Norfolk Tourism,

Similar Trails – Kissing Bridge, Omemee,

Local Clubs – Turkey Point MTB Club, Bike Fit Sunflowers, Short Hills Cycling Club

Access – most side roads crossings, parking suggestions:

  • Brantford – end of Beckett Dr.
  • Waterford – west end of Nichol St.
  • Simcoe – Argyle St. (map flag)
  • Port Dover – Silver Lake Lions Park


The LE & N Rail Trail was once the Lake Erie & Northern Electric Railway before it was repurposed as a recreational trail to cycle on. At 46 km, this section runs from Brantford to Port Dover.

As a popular and well maintained rail trail, it travels south to Lake Erie across farm fields, through many woodlots and a few old towns which this train line served to transport people and goods.

Now on the site map, it’s one of the best Rail Trails so far and worth an overnight stay at any of the towns on the way. And to check out plenty of other attractions down in Southern Ontario.

Local counties have taken parts of this route and given it their own names but riding the path remains the same.

As it leaves Brantford from the Veterans Memorial Pkwy, it is called the LE & N Trail and goes for 14 km. It passes by neighbourhoods and curves gently out of town along a shady tree-lined path to more open farm fields.

Eventually it meets up with another Rail trail, the TH & B (Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway), which joins it and gives bike riders another way back.

Then for 18 km, it’s called the Waterford Heritage Trail, as it passes through Waterford where the rail trail splits (take the left path) and it goes up over a large bridge then past grain silos. Below you can see how this valley had other rail lines running under it. (which you can ride)

The name changes again briefly to the Norfolk Sunrise Trail for 4 km as it enters the town of Simcoe, where it finally becomes the Lynn Valley Trail for the last 10 km…

 

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Reviews
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Total Score 7 REVIEWS
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  • October 5, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Very nice trail for an all-day adventure. First 15 KM starting in Brantford is all paved then changes to gravel. Trail is relatively flat as with most other rail trails. Several parts are paved and then changes back to gravel. There is a detour due to construction halfway on the trail at the time of this review, but directions are clearly marked to get back on the trail. The town of Port Dover has lots of places to eat and have a refresher before heading back.

  • February 28, 2021 at 8:29 am

    One of my favourite trails. Like the ride from Waterford to Simcoe, where you go through fields of pumpkins, tobacco, wheat etc. Be sure to cross the Black bridge..stunning scenery. The section from Simcoe to Port Dover is almost all under shade, great in the summer time! Be careful crossing highway 3...enjoy!

  • February 15, 2021 at 10:14 am

    We love this trail. Usually break it up, into two sections (Simcoe to Port Dover or reverse) and (Waterford to Simcoe). We park beside the silos in Waterford, , go over the bridge and then then back down to Simcoe. Depending on the season, yo go through corn fields, tobacco, thousands of pumpkins and wheat fields. Most of it is shaded, especially below Simcoe. Like going over the bridges, taking a break and taking in the scenery. Only a very small part is on the road, and seldom see any cars. Be sure to go to the bath room first, no where to stop on the trail. Enjoy, one of my favourites, along with friendship trail , in Niagara. Be careful crossing hwy. 3, it can be busy.

  • January 28, 2020 at 11:41 am

    One of our favourites. Nice easy ride. Best section from Waterford bridge, through Simcoe, then onto Port Dover for a perch dinner and ride back!

  • August 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    A beautiful trail. Well-maintained.

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