The Turkey Point area offers mountain bike riders tons of great riding action. With claims of 75 km of track on 72 different routes, the choices and locations will bring you back.
Down by the shores of Lake Erie, this location has 3 areas to crank through and discover. The terrain is generally flat, sandy soil, with the odd short quick incline to mix it up.
A very passionate group of riders from the club cut and maintain this area. They make the best of the lack of elevation by twisting and turning the trails. Some spots get nice and gnarly, while others flow faster.
The terrain has a gradual slope to the lake where it meets a bluff that drops to the beach waterfront.
As my son and I were booting around, I noted the distinct difference in plants and trees here in the southern part of Ontario. This is the northern edge of the Carolina forest and some sections have that Oak Savannah feel as you zip through a more open canopy.
With less ground cover to brush against, this is a good thing as ticks (Lyme Disease) and poison ivy are an issue to be aware of. So stick to the center of the trail when you ride. And always check for these nasty critters after the ride.
My starting point was the popular one at Mole Rd. and Turkey Point Rd.
Here we started in on the Saudwinder trail, working our way over and checking out Dizzy Lizzy and other winding loops to eventually take Humpback – Earshot – Rum Runner trails southward to the lake.
Riding west along the edge of the bluff Ridge trail we cranked. A little unnerving for a beginner if you fell down the hillside, but not that tough of an actual track to be designated a black diamond.
This area is part of Turkey Point Provincial Park that has camping and a beach, which you could certainly work into your visit.
As mentioned, the trails are split between different forest tracts in the Turkey Point area. Heading more west beyond the ridge are loops that run through Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Eco-Adventures.
Another area was just northeast of where we started, using part of an old landfill for some harder runs. Then farther up in the northwest quadrant, there are a few more kilometres of single track for you to test.
If you are a member of the local MTB club you have access to more private tracks to shred. So, this area has tons of sweet flowy track to try (second to Ganaraska) in Ontario.
And I noticed the bike club also has an active women’s MTB riding program that looks encouraging.
Turkey Point trails are also known for good Fatbike riding any time of year.
Make your way down one day. It gets hot and dry in these parts so expect some dust, and use bug spray to keep the bugs off. A joy to ride and not that hard on the hills, it keeps you moving and smil’n!