The Victoria South rail trail runs from Lindsay through farm country on a well maintained flat stretch of rail bed no longer in use to Bethany.
It starts in Lindsay by the locks and old mill following the Scugog River on a paved, treed park path for a few kms. You will pass a few old bridges and soon veer off into open flat and straight sections as you pass a golf course and farmer fields.
This rail trail continues through a few woodlots and crosses two branches of the Pigeon River. As it makes its way along you will ride by marshy sections of this river then through the Fleetwood Creek Valley to the town of Bethany at Hwy 7A.
From here it ends in about 3 more kilometers as it meets up with another working rail line. (optional) There is a small gap in the trail in Bethany but it does continue south of Hwy 7A.
On most of the trail you will find plenty of solitude, nature and few riders so be prepared with water, snacks and tools and a spare tube. I found parts of the trail rather loose with sand and gravel so thin road tires are not recommended.
In Bethany you can find a few places to eat and a general store before you head back or make this town your start point and do a lunch in Lindsay.
As an alternate return route, one can take Old Mill Rd. a gravel road back, which should have few cars. On a map you can see there are few ways to incorporate it in your loop.
This is an easy ride if you do parts of it and more intermediate if you ride it both directions = 58 km but as mentioned, it’s flat and with only some soft terrain to manage.
ATV and (snowmobiles) have access outside of Lindsay but I did not see many. As with most rail trails there are bridges in a few places but be cautious at road crossings.