The South March Highlands Conservation Area is likely the best MTB spot around Ottawa and a top ride in Ontario.
Here you will find a well maintained challenging, gnarly ride that has lots of variety for the experienced rider.
Like rock? This place has got tons and it’s fun! The local club does an excellent job of bridge building and placing flat stone on the paths to better the ride.
Bring your dual suspension for this one, ’cause the pounding on the Rockhopper trail alone will make it a joy. The layered rocks are very random and jut out in chunks, so picking your line is important.
I hear Fat Bikes are out in the winter making this is a totally different and smoother ride experience.
As with many ride locations, beginners will only manage the first few loops at the beginning, but as the track works its way to the back it’s going to be too much.
For the rest of us keen riders, the black diamond loop at the back is no harder than the blue loops, just longer.
The Ridgetop has a long open bare rock section that is a favourite. New signage exists on the trail with maps on posts to come soon.
Riding with a buddy and wearing some armour might be a smart call as an injury (on a rock) out back is a long way from home.
There are a few drops that may send you over the bars. Watch for hikers, dogs on weekends as this ride is close to an ever- growing local suburb.
A rather scenic area with numerous ponds and wetlands which equals …. yup mosquitoes a plenty.
Still, what a hoot riding the water bridges and rock humps. An excellent ride with no large climbs and even more trail beyond the Conservation Area to explore.