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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