From family cycling to mountain biking, you’ll find the perfect trail for your fall adventure at Ontario Parks.
Take in the autumn colours as you cycle through some of Ontario’s most breathtaking scenery.
Here are some of our favourite fall biking destinations:
The park’s mountain bike trail offers two loops: a moderate and a difficult. Cycle past towering maples and beech trees, as well as scenic ponds, ending up at the Silent Lake day-use beach.
Mountain bikers can start at the South Kabeyun Trail Head turning into the Talus Lake Trail. From there you can hike up the Top of the Giant Trail, leading to spectacular vistas that take in Silver Islet, Isle Royale and Thunder Bay.
Although there are no dedicated bike trails at Kakabeka Falls, most of the campground and main access roads are paved.
Taking it easy? The Poplar Point Trail is a short, 4 km ride for the family which winds through campground areas and is well suited to cycling.
The 6 km Twin Bridges Trail follows the Aux Sables River to the Seven Sisters Cataracts. Don’t miss a set of scenic waterfalls with many “lookout” spots before you cross the twin bridges.
Kettle Lakes has 14 km of biking trails ranging from easy to moderate. The trails wind through Jack pine forest and lead you to Slab Lake. Bicycles are available for rent at the front gate.
The Bluff Trail is a 13 km circular trail. A portion of the trail follows the edge of the Nipissing Bluff for which it is named. Views of Georgian Bay from this section of trail are spectacular, especially during the leaf-free season.
The 3 km Hardwood Hill Trail requires a medium to difficult skill level. Very hilly, the trail begins and ends at the park store and travels through a mature hardwood forest containing a mixture of sugar maple, beech and yellow birch.
Angel’s Point Trail (4.5 km) provides two loops through hardwood forest. The outside loop is straight and smooth with gradually rolling hills, appropriate for young children. The inside loop is more challenging with frequent hills and turns.
The Ravine Trail offers cyclists a great view of Bronte Creek Valley as it winds through the hardwood forest. This 2 km trail is perfect for families out for an easy cycle through the fall colours.
The terrain of the 14 km Savanna Trail is relatively flat, with some moderate slopes. The trail follows a wooded path from the park store to the traffic circle. From here, it follows the roadways before winding through forested dunes on the way back to the park Store. Trail is bi-directional, and walkers and bicycles share the trail.
Trails at this park link to the Trans Canada Trail and Bruce Trail. Enjoy views of gorges, waterfalls, open meadows, fall forests and — of course — the Credit River vista.
Just west of London, this park offers over 7 km of bike friendly trails: the Orange Trail (3.9 km), the Blue Trail (2 km), and the Yellow Trail (1.1 km). Trails are multi-use and the pathways are sandy and natural. More suited to mountain bikers, these trails are moderate to difficult, with many small hills, valleys, and rocks. Just off the Thames River, these trails are home to many different species of birds, flora, and fauna.
The Old Farms Trail is a 6 km loop around the park that takes you through a mix of open fields and forested areas. Cedar rail fences, hedge rows, and apple orchards are common sights along the trail, and Old Farms Trail is a favourite of birdwatchers. The trail has a natural surface and is relatively flat, making it accessible to a wide variety of users. Maps are posted along the trail and are also available from the park office.
The Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout Trail doubles as a challenging single-track mountain bike trail. The 12 km trail passes the side trail up to the lookout. Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Superior, including the site where the famous Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a fierce November storm.
The 11 km Rainbow Run Trail loops around wetlands, campgrounds, lakes, forest and open-field ecosystems.
Cycle the park’s interior on 3.7 km Deer Run Trail, or follow the Lake Huron shoreline on the 6 km Old Shore Road Trail. The 3.5 km Tower Trail takes you around a wetland providing great opportunities for waterfowl and wildlife viewing. Cyclists are asked to walk their bikes on the boardwalk sections.
Looking for a challenge? Try the Cliff Top Trail. Its diverse scenery includes escarpment vistas, talus slopes, mixed forests, open meadows and wetlands.
The Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail is a steep, rugged mountain bike trail consisting of hilly, sometimes muddy, terrain, filled with rock, roots and obstacles unsuitable for children or novices.
The Old Railway Bike Trail is a leisurely family bicycle trail. The surface is level and hard-packed, and was once a section of the now-decommissioned Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway.