Trails

Our area has a host of  land and waterway trails.Brown's Bay Trails We have the perfect combination of hiking trails located in various areas throughout Leeds Grenville, from the waterfront area Township of Front of Yonge, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, to the northern points near the Village of Westport and the Municipality of North Grenville.

The Waterfront Trail:

Part of Ontario's Waterfront Trail runs through Leeds Grenville. It begins in the Town of Gananoque. The main access point is Joel Stone Park on Gananoque's waterfront. Further east the trail continues as the St. Lawrence Bikeway (37 kilometres along the St. Lawrence River) on the Thousand Islands Parkway in the townships of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and Front of Yonge.

In the City of Brockville, the trail continues. Go to Henry Street at Water Street. You'll discover the off-road trail. It follows along Buell's Creek in the city's west end then connects to a river trail along the St. Lawrence on Brockville's scenic waterfront. Access points are at Henry and Water Streets, Blockhouse Island Parkway at Market Street West and Centeen Park, located at the foot of Park and Water Streets.

East of Brockville, there are paved shoulders on County Road 2 overlooking the river to Maitland in the Township of Augusta. In Prescott, you will find the Heritage River Trail, an off-road section running from Centre Street to east of Boundary Street. In the community of Cardinal there is a scenic cycling trail (gravel) adjacent to the river. The main access point is at the Cardinal Legion Waterfront Park.

www.waterfronttrail.org

The Cataraqui and Rideau Trails:

Part of the Trans-Canada trail follows the path of the old Tamworth and Quebec rail line and crosses throughout the Township of Rideau Lakes. You can find the Rideau Trail off Indian Lake Road. Once you locate the abandoned railway bed proceed following the signs to the Foley Mountain Nature Centre. See also the link for the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (below). There are five hiking trails over 800 acres, along with the stunning Spy Rock lookout. Check out the group camp area or the picnic areas.

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/index/city:Westport

www.rvca.ca

Charleston Lake Provincial Park:

There are six trails at this beautiful park classified as easy to moderate hiking They include the Beech Woods, Hemlock Ridge, Quiddity, Sandstone Island and Shoreline Centennial trails, all marked as easy and between one to two hours in length. The moderate hike is on the Westside Trail (10 kilometres) and shows off some of the more rugged but beautiful parts of the park.

www.ontarioparks.com

Limerick Forest Trails:

The "mapped" trail network within Limerick Forest consists of approximately 180 km of trails ranging in size from "single track" to emergency access roads suitable for full-sized vehicles. In addition, approximately 30 kilometres of "groomed" snowmobile trails are maintained by the Leeds & Grenville Snowmobile Association. A number of information kiosks have been installed at various locations throughout Limerick Forest. Mosaics of air photos and trail maps, 9-1-1 locations, parking areas and public service announcements may be found on these kiosks.

The current "multi-use" philosophy in Limerick encourages flexibility, consideration and respect amongst all user groups. There are very few restrictions on activities occurring within the forest. They include no permanent structures (i.e., tree stands), no overnight camping (and camp fires), and no motorized vehicles on the hiking trails north of the Limerick Chalet. In addition, specific activities may be restricted where the safety of the public or the well-being of the forest is a concern (i.e., seasonal restrictions regarding the use of motorized vehicles on the trails during the spring season).  Limerick Forest is owned and managed by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

www.limerickforest.ca

North Grenville Trails:

This 150-kilometre trail system was developed in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Town of Kemptville. It includes forest trails, urban streets, rural roads and waterways. There is the Ferguson Forest Centre Management Trail, the Limerick Forest Chalet Trail (also listed above) the Rideau Canal Lock station - Burritts Rapids Tip-to-Tip Trail, the University of Guelph - Kemptville Campus Agroforestry Trail. Visit the link below for interesting suggestions for how to see this municipality to its fullest.

www.ngtrails.ca

For additional information on trail systems and the Kemptville Snowmobile Club Trail visit the link below.

www.ontariotrails.on.ca

Merrickville Trails:

This is a blending of Merrickville's quiet streets and a trail looping through the natural and historical surroundings of a village called the Jewel of the Rideau. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see birds such as blue herons and osprey, cedar fences and a 100-year-old cedar forest.

 

merrickvilledistricttrailssociety.org/