Length – 75 + km (one way)
95% rail trail path
5% road detours, crossings
Elevation – not a flat as most rail lines, dips down to cross smaller bridges
Terrain – crushed stone, larger rail bedding rocks, sandy! areas, large puddles, rock cuts, wooden bridges
Skill – Advanced, much rougher terrain then most rail trails, use a good hybrid or MTB
Maps – signs at gates, post markers have been improved
Traffic – bicycles, hikers, horses, ATV, snowmobiles, Nordic skiers
Facilities – parking, food and washrooms in some towns
Highlights – scenic, rock cuts, not always flat, falls, ghost town – Seguin Falls, large bridge pillars west of there, wetlands, many creeks, farmland
Trail Fee – free – for non-motorized
Phone – 888 587 3762
Website – Park to Park
Local Clubs – Bike Muskoka
Access – Flag on map – Western trailhead is at exit #214 on Highway 400 approximately 10 kms south of Parry Sound across the road on the east side from Tim Horton’s.
– Orville – park at community centre, trail 400 metres east
– Seguin Falls – Hwy 518 North on Nipissing Rd. E roadside parking, trail crosses Nipissing Road.
– Sprucedale – hwy 518 north on Stisted Rd. S, street parking
History – The railway was built for the former Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway back in 1891 by lumber baron J.R. Booth.
Trains carried timber from the Ottawa area to Georgian Bay to build ships and grain eastward till 1933 when the Cache Two-Rivers bridge needed repair.
Being too expensive, rails west of the bridge were abandoned and the track and bridges were removed by 1950’s to sell as scrap. ...more on Wikipedia