Victoria South – Rail Trail

Lindsay to Bethany
Posted on September 23, 2017
Victoria South – Rail Trail
Listing Types : Rail Trail
Location : Central Ontario
Total Trail Km : 29
Double track % : 80
Park Path % : 10
Road % : 10
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate
Terrain : sandy spots, smooth soil, paved, crushed gravel, flat sections, open field
Faclities : parking, food close by, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length –  29 km (one way)
80%  rail trail path
10% park path
10%  road crossings, detours

Elevation – very flat as rail lines go

Terrain – crushed stone, loose gravel, sandy, some asphalt paths

Skill – easy to intermediate on some rough sections

Traffic – bicycles, hikers, horses, ATV,  snowmobiles, X-country skiers

Facilities – food, washroom in Lindsey and Bethany

Highlights – Scugog and Pigeon River, old bridges, downtown Lindsay, marshes

Maps – sign at trailhead in Lindsay – Openstreet maps

Phone – none

Website – Kawartha Lakes

Similar Trails – Oro – Medonte, North Simcoe,

Local Clubs – Uxbridge Cycling Club

Access – Lindsay – 30 King St. – map flag

Mount Horeb Rd. & Pigeon River (halfway point)

Bethany –  Ski Hill Rd. & Jackson St.

History –  Still looking for clues…was a Canadian Pacific railway line at one point.

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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.

Open street maps
Victoria South rail trail map

Victoria South rail trail map

Reviews
3.2
Total Score 2 REVIEWS
Fun Factor: Scenic: Trail Design: Technical: Workout:
  • September 23, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Rode this section today and found it quite rough due to ATV usage. Couldn't check out the scenery as was focusing on trying to avoid the rocks which have been uncovered by ATV vehicle traffic. There were a few sections that were loose gravel which you had to power thru. This trail section is all glacial till, gravel and sand. Don't recommend this section if you ride with your tongue out as you will surely bite it off. Also if you have fillings in your teeth they may become loose.

  • September 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Nice family ride on the eastside of Toronto that gets you away from the traffic. Downtown Lindsay is a worth visiting for a bite.

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