The following is a list of popular riding areas in Ontario. It does not include Ontario Crown Land. In Ontario there is a freedom of use policy for crown land. This means that all provincially owned land can be used at no cost unless the area has restricted use due to environmental factors.
All riding on public land requires ownership, license plate, insurance and 94dB or less exhaust.
Ganaraska Forest – This is a Conservation Area located near the junction of Hwys 115 & 35. It occupies over 900 sq kilometers. A day use or annual permit is required. Ganaraska is a sandy based reforestation area offering over 200 km of trail. The trails range from open fire roads to tight twisty single track through the woods.The Great Pine Trail Riders are the hosting club. This forest is home to the Mini Pine Enduro, Mid-Summer Dream Trail Ride, Great Pine Trail Ride and the OCMC Club Enduro.
Simcoe County Forest – This is a county forest surrounding the Barrie area. You must be an OFTR member to ride here. Failure to comply may result in trespassing charges. SCF has almost 200 km of single track trail. The trails range from open fire roads to tight twisty single track through the woods. Some areas have very little elevation changes while others get quite hilly. Soil is mostly sandy to loam. Unlike the Ganaraska SCF is divided into a number of smaller parcels of land. Not all of the forest tracts are deemed suitable for motorized use. The Simcoe County Off Road Riders are the hosting club. Maps are only available to OFTR members on the OFTR or SCORRA websites. SCF hosts the Midhurst Trail Ride.
Northumberland County Forest – This is a county forest north of Cobourg. You must be an OFTR member to ride here. Failure to comply may result in trespassing charges. Soil is sandy to loam. Area can be hilly in places. NCF has limited allowable single track trail plus a network of two track and fire roads. The Northumberland County Trail Riders are the hosting club and own club property adjacent to the NCF.
Haliburton and Highlands East – The riding areas in this part of the province are Crown Lands. Riding is permitted on the trail system centering from Gooderham, Ontario unless marked otherwise. This area is rocky and hilly. Trails range from tight single track to open double track. A favourite riding area for those looking for a challenge. The hosting club is the Haliburton Trail Riders. This area hosts the Corduroy Enduro & Trail Ride and the Soggy Boot Trail Ride.
Madawaska Area – The riding areas in this part of the province are Crown Lands. Riding is permitted on the trail system centering from Madawska, Ontario unless marked otherwise. This area is rocky and hilly. Trails range from tight single track to open double track. A favourite riding area for those looking for a challenge. The hosting club is the Haliburton Trail Riders. This area hosts the Algonquin 2 Day Trail Ride.
Sommerville Forest & Victoria Rail Trail – You must have an OFTR membership to ride in this area near Kinmount, Ontario. Access to the VRT is only from Kinmount to Burnt River. Sommerville Forest is located off of Monck Road just west of Kinmount. Loam soil and valleys make this a tremendous place to ride for those wanting a challenge. The hosting club is the Haliburton Trail Riders. This area hosts the Corduroy Enduro.
Limerick Forest – This is a 5782-hectare community forest located in eastern Ontario, owned by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, and is managed by the Forest Manager. The Bytown Motorcycle Association and the OFTR are partners of Limerick Forest.You must be an OFTR member to ride here.
This forest is a great area for all levels of rider, sand base, 70% pine plantation, with little elevation change. It is one to the best riding areas for family, new, beginning, and “just remembering how to ride” riders. It is also great skills building/practice area in a forest plantation, very close to Ottawa. No problem if you only have a half day.
Limerick Forest has about 40km of single track and 40km of two track trail, used by multiple types of users: off-road motorcyclists, ATVs, cyclists, hikers, hunters (best to avoid during deer season), horseback riders and others. The riding areas are broken into two areas 1.5 km apart! There are no trails between areas, you must choose one or the other to ride in, as there is swamp between them, and connected by a gravel road only – see our caution below in using the road. Both areas have good parking, but we ask riders to park at the south parking lot (pit) for safety and privacy reasons. (Out of sight = out of mind!). Both parking areas have primitive facilities.The BMA is the hosting club.
Larose Forest – This is the newest BMA riding area, and has come about as a result of a prolonged effort by a small number of BMA members working persistently and diligently with County representatives to gain access to this County owned forest.You must be an OFTR member to ride here.
Larose Forest riding area offers a short technical single track loop in an open pine forest at the start. Approximately half the loop is suitable for novice riders, the other half is suitable for intermediate or above riders. It is generally flat terrain, with a shallow ravine, and some short high banks (like riding on ditch dredging), parts of the trail are rooty and rough, and there are parallel log and cross board bridges. As a small compact area, you will never be more than a couple of kilometers from the parking are. The BMA is the hosting club.
Calabogie Area – Thisis one of Ontario’s most envied riding areas! Every year riders come from Southern Ontario, Quebec, New England states, and occasionally from even further to experience the annual Calabogie Boogie.
The Calabogie riding area is quite large, constituting approximately 5,000 – 10,000 square km! Trails may be found on both public (Ontario
crown) and private lands in the three counties of Lanark, Renfrew and Frontenac and is generally:
- West of highway 511, South of highway 508, north of highway 509 and East of Ompah,
Some of the major riding landmarks/trail systems may be found as follows
- K&P trail – 45° 7’41.19″N, 76°41’18.55″W
- 77 Snowmobile trail –hydro tower line – 45° 8’41.00″N, 76°48’17.69″W
- Bumpas hydro tower line – 45°12’53.22″N, 76°42’17.68″W
- Triple tower hydro line – 45° 6’2.43″N, 76°40’56.28″W
- Three beaver pond logging roads – 45°12’53.22″N, 76°42’17.68″W
- Perch Lake – 45° 6’24.23″N, 76°43’50.71″W
- Levant Mountain – 45° 1’59.45″N, 76°40’6.01″W
- M&M/East of 511
- Mountain Chute Express – 45° 7’58.22″N, 76°52’38.12″W
- Evergreen Mountain – 45° 8’18.52″N, 76°55’6.54″W
- Highway 580 (North Madawaska) pit – 45°15’16.98″N, 76°51’1.72″W to ride the Newfie Autoban
- Mountain Chute Dam (top of hill) – 45°11’32.40″N, 76°54’14.59″W to ride Evergreen Mountain
- Highland Golf Course – 45°16’28.56″N, 76°43’45.45″W to ride #77 and K&P trails
- Flower Station – 45° 9’27.70″N, 76°41’14.01″W to ride #77, Perch Lake, Triple Tower, Three Beaver Pond, Bumpas trails
- Levant Station – 45° 2’35.37″N, 76°42’7.51″W to ride Levant Mountain, Triple Tower
- M&M – 45°11’33.02″N, 76°34’59.82″W to ride M&M, Campbell Rd, Triple Tower, and East of 511
What are the various trails types/riding levels?
- Forest access Rd, Beginner/novice
- Old rail bed, Beginner/novice
- 4 wheeler and jeep trails, Beginner – expert
- Logging roads, Beginner – intermediate
- Single track, Beginner – expert
What kind of terrain can I expect to encounter?
- Rock, rock and more rock
- Pine forest loam
- Elevation (the most in Ontario
Welland County – This area is hosted by the Niagara Timberline Riders club. The description of the conditions and allowable riding area will be posted soon.
Turkey Point Riding Area – This area is hosted by the Lynn Valley Dirt Riders Club. The description of the conditions and allowable riding area will be posted soon. This area hosts the Beagle Bash Enduro and Trail Ride.
Kitchener Waterloo Area – This area is hosted by the Kitchener Waterloo Cycle Sport Association. The KWCSA has their own riding area but you must be a member to access it. This club hosts the Anthill Classic XC race.
Oshawa / Whitby Area – This area is hosted by the Oshawa Competition Motorcycle Club. OCMC has their own motocross track on Brock Rd north of the 407. You must be a full OCMC member to take part in their Tuesday Night MX Series.