The 44 km Uxbridge to Lindsay Rail trail is the closest for bike riders to try on the east side of Toronto.
Most is well–maintained, as it is part of the Trans Canada Trail.
A good and fast ride, this route stays away from traffic. It is also not muddy at all, considering much of it passes through wetlands. However, high water levels may flood the path in the spring.
Currently, the starting point in the town of Uxbridge is by the historic trestle bridge that was just rebuilt. From there, the path goes a few kilometres northeast along a shady, crushed-gravel route.
The trail then opens up to an extensive, long wetland, with the path going alongside and across for 12 km. There is plenty of solitude, with endless marsh grasses and wide-open vistas.
Make the occasional stop at small ponds or bridges to look for wildlife. This will help break up a pretty straight and otherwise uneventful stretch.
I suspect the railroad once followed this route because the land could not be farmed, was unclaimed, and cheap to own. Yet, to lay a rail bed down for heavy train traffic must have cost plenty on the soft, marshy base.
The railway splits as it passes over Hwy 12 and 7 at Blackwater Junction, which is about 15 km from Uxbridge. The right arm goes another 29 km to Lindsay, where the scenery changes to woodlots and farm fields on a very linear route.
The other direction curves north on the left branch and…
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