Oro – Medonte – Rail Trail

Barrie to Orillia
Posted on April 6, 2018 / 16979
Oro – Medonte – Rail Trail
Listing Types : Rail Trail
Location : Central Ontario
Note : Cruising
Total Trail Km : 28
Double track % : 90
Road % : 10
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : smooth soil, paved, crushed gravel, bridges, flat sections
Faclities : parking, food close by, lodging, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 28 km (one way)

90%  rail trail path
10% road crossings

Elevation – flat, follows the Lake Simcoe shoreline

Terrain –  wide path, crushed stone, some loose, gravel, bridges

Skill – easy

Maps – signs at most crossroads

Traffic – bicycles, hikers, horses, snowmobiles, nordic skiing

Facilities –  parking on streets and lots marked on map

Highlights – historical signage on path, marshland, farms

Phone – none

Website – Lake Country Oro

Similar Trails – Victoria South,   Millennium, Kissing Bridge

Local Clubs – Barrie Cycling Club,

Access – any cross-road and parking lots at Line 15 South,  2 Line S. (Shanty Bay Rd.),  15th Line



This Simcoe County Rail trail is an easy, quiet ride with little traffic. There are two parking lots for this trail at each end, plus you can park at most crossroads to the path.

Scenery changes from treed sections to open marshes with creeks and a few bridges. The Oro – Medonte is a very straight trail with crushed gravel and is good enough for a hybrid bike.

Road traffic is light but do take care when crossing every road. Though this rail bed runs parallel to Lake Simcoe you will not see it much of it until you get close to Orillia. And even then briefly as it swings close to the shore.

Take any side road south and they will lead you to the shore. You can make a great loop of this trail by going back on Ridge Rd. E. which has few cars and is more picturesque.

Not an awesome trail but certainly well maintained and long enough to get some easy exercise. Very suitable for a family outing.

To add interest the county has added numerous…

 

Read the rest of this review in my trail guidebook along with 64 others. Features train history with better maps, elevation graphs and more parking locations when you buy the eBook or paperback.

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