Morrison Valley – Park Trail

Trafalgar Rd. & 8th Line, Oakville
Posted on April 16, 2018 / 6752
Morrison Valley – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Location : Central Ontario
Note : Family Friendly
Total Trail Km : 8
Park Path % : 95
Road % : 5
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, paved, crushed gravel, can be muddy, bridges, drains well, steep hills, twisty & gnarly, rocky patches
Faclities : parking, food close by, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : free

Length –  8 km (return)

95% park path
5% road, detours

Elevation – most of route follow creek in valley, a few steep hills (to walk) that go in and out of valley

Terrain – asphalt, some crushed stone and gravel,

Skill – easy

Maps – map at trailhead, a few signs on trail, city trail map

Facilities –  parking on street, amenities close by

Highlights – bridges, forest, creek, quite, fall colours

Trail Fee – free

Phone – none

Website – City of Oakville

Similar Trails – Dundas Valley, Oshawa Creek, Taylor Creek

Local Clubs – Oakville Cycling Club

Access – In Oakville it runs parallel between Trafalgar Rd. & 8th Line. Lots of  side streets and paths lead to trail refer to map.

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The Morrison Valley Park Trail is a short pleasant bike ride in the center of Oakville.  Most of the path runs parallel to the water on each side.

This makes for a quick loop up one side to almost Dundas St. E. & Trafalgar then back down the other; good fun!

The route is ever changing with paved sections and crushed stone. Some of the path is at creek level with a few bridge crossing and other sections take you to the top to ride along the ridge.

As it  winds through a tight treed ravine following the creek you will get a brief experience of feeling you are in the country woods.

The total run is family friendly at only 8 kilometers return. There are a few steep hills to contend with, so you may have to walk your bike. Unfortunately there are three busy roads to cross along the way.

A good place to park if you are not a local is the lot at the trail’s south end at the Oakville Municipal Building, White Oaks & Trafalgar. The trail leads right in on the eastside.

At the bottom of the Morrison Trail is water diversion channel, yes ugly but you can ride the bank east for a few more kms. ( I think it was a rail bed years ago, not sure)

Oakville has a lot of bike paths, though many short and disconnected. This is one of the longer stretches without having to contend with much street traffic.

Optional return route can be had by heading west at the top end through the “large mall zone” to reach Oak Park, then looping back down on the Nipegon Trail.  This would take you  right back to the Oakville City Hall.  It adds around 2 kms to the ride.


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