Seguin – Rail Trail / MTB

Parry Sound to Kearney
Updated July 27, 2018
Seguin – Rail Trail / MTB
Listing Types : MTB Trail / Rail Trail
Note : EPIC Ride
Total Trail Km : 75
Double track % : 95
Road % : 5
Rate Skill Levels : Advanced
Terrain : sandy spots, structures, crushed gravel, water crossing, can be muddy, bridges, flat rock, gentle hills, rocky patches
Faclities : parking, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : free

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

Similar Trail – Algonquin, North Simcoe,

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

Seguin Rail Trail runs from Parry Sound east past Kearney for 75 + km of rugged terrain crossing cottage country through rock cuts, across marshlands, forests, farm fields and around many lakes.

Starting at Georgian Bay the trailway passes over hwy 400 and crosses hwy 518 many times as it gets to the other large highway #11, eventually petering out past Kearney somewhere.

Not your average Rail Trail, though maintained, it gets plenty of use by ATVs and snowmobiles. The terrain gets chewed up, dusty and has large rocks and loose gravel everywhere.

Other sections have large puddles, that are wide and deep, where you just have no choice but to ride through them. In the spring expect flooding.

Not all of the route is challenging. There were parts that look like most rail trail roadbeds.

I did encounter large sandy parts that bikes with skinny tires would not manage.

So this truly is better suited for a mountain bike, Fatbike or good hybrid 

I would rate it as an Advanced Rail trail ride compared to all the mellow routes in the south.

Rail trails can be rather flat, except here, where the original train bridges are replaced with lower small wooden ones. This gets you descending down to the creeks and back up the otherside.

At 75 km it’s a long trail that one would ride only part of. I did the section leaving from hwy 400 where the flag is on the map.

May I suggest a day loop I have done a few times. From the flag at hwy 400 to Orrville, back on the 518 west to Oastler Park Dr. which meets up with the rail trail before crossing the 400. I found the road traffic lite on the return.

I hear the trail going the other way, up to Parry Sound is rather pretty.

And for the more adventurous mountain biker this can be a great Bikepacking trip. Take your tent, food and make it a 3-4 day trek from end to end. I saw signs of scenic rustic campsites along the way.

Consider going in the fall, which is quieter and a beautiful time to go. With fewer bugs, enjoy this wild, rugged part of northern Ontario.

Openstreet map

Seguin Rail Trail map

Total Score 2 REVIEWS
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  • June 22, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Not sure how you can rate it the way you have. I have ridden this several times. It is an old rail trail, flat, straight and somewhat boring. A few scenic spots but besides the scenery, every category gets a 1 or 2 rating in my book. If you want a super beginner or easy family ride you may enjoy, otherwise not worth it.

  • June 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Thankfully not too straight a trackbed and with plenty of scenery, can be busy. A tough trail as rail trails go.

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