Welcome to KATVA Trails

Your opportunities for riding on KATVA trails are extensive and varied. You can enjoy several trail systems, encompassing more than 250 kilometres of trail. Some trails have historic connections having once served as railway beds stretching between communities, while other trails passing through dense forest were established more recently for the purpose of recreation.

Many trails offer riders splendid panoramas and vistas, including views of: lakes and waterways; meadows and valleys; and, rolling hills and forests. The anchor trails are the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC), Somerville Forest Tract, and Five Points Trail System, as well as special category trails. These trails vary greatly in both length and level of difficulty. Some trails are easily accessible from various communities and have multiple entry points, while others are more remote.

You must be familiar with the lay of the land, road links, and rules before you set out on any ride. If you are new to Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) trails, you may want to join one of our scheduled rides. All riders must possess a valid KATVA or Haliburton ATV Association (HAVTA) permit. Maps are very helpful for ATV riders who are not familiar with the anchor trails.

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For more information about rules and permit requirements be sure to review those sections on this site. Know before you go. If you have any questions, contact us directly.

 

Victoria Rail Trail Corridor

The Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC) is an 85 km rail trail, linking Kinmount to Bethany, through Fenelon Falls and Lindsay. The VRTC is owned and administered by the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL). This scenic rail trail is divided into 3 sections for easy access and your riding pleasure.

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Overview

Non-Motorized Usage
walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding

Motorized Usage
ATV riding, snowmobiling

Open to ATVs
May 1 through November 30
7:00am – 9:30pm

Closed for the Season
December 1 through April 30

Trail Level
Beginner

Length
85 km from Bethany to Kinmount
Extending 33 km north to Haliburton

Services
The communities of Lindsay and Fenelon Falls, as small tourist towns offer variety of attractions and conveniences, including motels and restaurants.

Rules
ATVs are not allowed in Lindsay. To get from the Central Section to the South Section – you must trailer your ATV. There is no road link in or through Lindsay.

All Road use is subject to the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, and all ATV usage is limited to Vehicles Classified as “ATV” under the “Off Road Vehicle Act”. No passengers are allowed on the road link. Max. speed 20 km, and headlights must be on. No passengers are allowed on any road in Ontario.

Other
Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce
Kawartha Lakes Tourism
Haliburton ATV Association

 

North Section

Garnet Graham Lakeside Park, Fenelon Falls to Boundary Rd, Kinmount

Description
The North Corridor follows the former CN rail line north, from Fenelon Falls to Kinmount. Stop for a picnic lunch at Island Park or view the falls at Trent -Severn Waterway Lock 34. The trail follows Cameron Lake and then the Burnt River, leading into the Somerville Forest Tract, which is heavily forested, perfect for bird watching and wildlife viewing. After leaving the forest, the trail heads north past the Crego Creek Bridge and into Kinmount. The Historic Austin Sawmill and old railway station are part of a community park. Trail continues north for 33 km into Haliburton. Always refer to the KATVA trails map for route specifics.

Length
33 km
Fenelon Falls to Fell Station: 8 km
Fell Station to Burnt River: 10 km
Burnt River to Kinmount: 15 km

Access Points (Staging and Parking)
Click on an access point below to view a google map. The green arrow indicates the access point location.

North of Fenelon Falls: Trailhead at Garnet Graham Park (limited parking)
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North of Fenelon Falls: Superior Road
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Burnt River: 93 Pinery Road
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11th Concession and Pinery Road
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4370 Monck Road 45
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Kinmount: Austin Sawmill Heritage Park (limited parking)
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Road Use
Garnet Graham Lakeside Park, Fenelon Falls to Murray St Fenelon Falls – We have been granted permission by a City of Kawartha Lakes By-law that ATVs with a KATVA (or reciprocal) permit to use the road link through Fenelon Falls.

Points of Interest
The most scenic sections are of Sturgeon Lake near Cameron and just north of Fenelon Falls along the shores of Cameron Lake. The beautifully preserved railway station and Sawmill Park in Kinmount are worth the ride. For those who want a bit more adventure, there are short side trips off the VRT, such as the Boiler Heritage and Old Oak tree, offering an intermediate challenge through dense forests, requiring a more technical ride. Through owner cooperation, KATVA has acquired the privilege of an intermediate trail system through private
property, where a cottage can be rented from the land owner, just off the VRT. With the cooperation of the City of Kawartha Lakes, we are exploring new locations for trails, as well as assisting in maintaining the network. These trails are all a privilege, and our members respect that.

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The Pinery People

 

Central Section

Thunderbridge Road, Lindsay to Murray Street, Fenelon Falls

Description
The Central Corridor begins in the north end of Lindsay at Thunderbridge Road and takes you north to Fenelon Falls. The Ken Reid Conservation Area is the first stop, with facilities including a variety of trails, a marsh boardwalk, Osprey nests, picnic shelters, group camping and a beach area. Follow Sturgeon Lake into the community of Cameron and then head north into Fenelon Falls.

Length
22 km
Thunderbridge Road to Ken Reid Conservation Area: 8 km
Ken Reid Conservation Area to Fenelon Falls: 14 km

Access Points (Staging and Parking)
Click on an access point below to view a google map. The green arrow indicates the access point location.

Lindsay: Ken Reid Conservation Area*
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North of Lindsay: Trailhead at Thunderbridge Road
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South of Fenelon Falls: Trailhead at Murray Street
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Points of Interest
Ken Reid Conservation Area: Kawartha Conservation
• Cameron Lake
• Fenelon Falls: Train Station, TSW lock 34

Services
Lindsay and Fenelon Falls: Offer full services – attractions, restaurants, gas stations and options for overnight stays

*ATVs are not allowed in Ken Reid Conservation Area

 

South Section

Dranoel Street, Bethany to Logie Street, Lindsay

Description
The South Corridor, the old CP Rail Line, extends 30 km from Lindsay to Bethany. The ATV section begins south from Logie St. The trail follows the old CP Rail line to Bethany, progressing through farmlands and the natural areas of Fleetwood Creek Valley, bordered by the Bethany hills. A portion of the trail passes through the Windy Ridge Conservation Area.

Length
30 km
Lindsay to Pigeon River: 13 km
Pigeon River to Bethany: 17 km

Access Points (Staging and Parking)
Click on an access point below to view a google map. The green arrow indicates the access point location.

Bethany: Ski Hill Road & Jackson Street (limited parking)
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South of Lindsay: Golden Mile Road (limited parking)
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Points of Interest
Conservation areas of Fleetwood Creek and Windy Ridge – 1.5 km hike to scenic lookout
• Community of Bethany
• Devil’s Elbow Ski Area
• Me to We Leadership Centre
• Buddhist Temple, part of a massive complex being built by the Toronto-area Buddhist temple Cham San Temple, Bethany

Services
Community of Bethany: Bed and Breakfast, Restaurants, Gas station

Other
Kawartha Conservation
Me to We

 

Somerville Forest Tract

Including 3 Loop Trails: The Pinery, Marsh and Millennium Trails

As a City Kawartha Lakes Municipal multi-use trail, the Somerville Forest Tract, also referred to as The Pinery, comprised 3,420 hectares of mixed forest property. There are three trail loops known as The Pinery, the Marsh Trail and the Millennium Trail, covering a variety of terrain including pine plantations, wetlands, hardwoods and rock outcrops. This is a delicate area which requires the utmost respect by users. It is a privilege to use this trail system and it will eventually connect the north trail corridor through some very beautiful wooded area towards Minden. It is open to ATVs with Kawartha ATV Association or reciprocal permit under the City of Kawartha Lakes By-laws.

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Non-Motorized Usage
walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding

Motorized Usage
ATV riding, snowmobiling

Open to ATVs
Pinery: May 1 through November 30, 7:00am – 9:30pm
Marsh: May 1 through November 30, 7:00am – 9:30pm
Millennium: June 1 through November 30, 7:00am – 9:30pm

Closed for the Season
December 1 through April 30

Trail Level
Beginner, Intermediate to Expert

Length
Pinery Trail – 8 km
Marsh Trail – 3 km
Millennium Trail – 22 km

Location
Pinery Trail Parking Lot: 4370 Monck Road 45

To get there from the south, take Hwy. 35/115 north from Hwy. 401 to Lindsay and continue north past Fenelon Falls and Coboconk to Norland. At Norland, turn east on KL Rd. 45 and continue for approximately 10 km. The property is on the south side of the road just past Woodcock Line and a cleared farm area.

The Pinery Trail connects off of the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor north of Burnt River and extends to Monck Road 45 in the North.

Marsh Trail connects off of Victoria Rail Trail Corridor, south of Kinmount at 11th Concession and extends west to the Pinery Trail.

The Millennium Trail entrance is across Monck Road 45 and the Pinery Trail, and extends north to the junction of the (B104), connecting to the Ganaraska Hiking Trails and Haliburton Snowmobile Club Trails (B104).

Note: these trails are susceptible to trail damage.

Access Points (Staging and Parking)
Access points to trails are from various staging areas and most commonly from those riding the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor.
Click on an access point below to view a google map. The green arrow indicates the access point location.

Burnt River: 93 Pinery Road
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11th Concession and Pinery Road
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4370 Monck Road 45
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Kinmount: Austin Sawmill Heritage Park (limited parking)
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Points of Interest
The Pinery People www.pinerypeople.ca and the old boiler in the Pinery
Old oak tree enter off VRTC
Scots pine and red pine plantations
Lady slipper out crop only during a certain time, possible first week in June
Spectacular scenery on the Millenium Trail

Features
Pine plantations, open areas with water and great viewing areas.

Services
Parking at 93 Pinery Road, parking at 11th. Con. and Pinery Road, also at Monk Road at Forest access Road.

Rules
The Somerville Forest is private property and only KATVA licensed ATVs are allowed. Please use with all due care and respect by staying on the trail at all times.

This trail system is a multi-use trail system owned and administered by the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) and, under CKL By-law, it is open for specific recreational uses:

Off-road motorcycles (dirt bikes), with the required OFTR permit are allowed in the Somerville Forest.

Off road motorcycles are not allowed on our private property trails or sandpits.

Please do not wander from the trail system, do not litter, start fires or smoke on the trail and especially do not damage the vegetation adjacent to the trails.

Other
The Pinery People

Note: Currently trail improvements are underway. Please watch your speed and take extra care.

 

Five Points System

The Five Points System is north and east of Bobcaygeon. This trail system was developed and created by the local snowmobile clubs, Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club and Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club. The Kawartha ATV Association is working hard with these organizations to help maintain a healthy trail system, consisting of private landowners and crown land areas.

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Non-Motorized Usage
walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding

Motorized Usage
ATV riding, snowmobiling

Open to ATVs
May 1 through November 30
7:00am – 9:30pm

Closed for the Season
December 1 through April 30

Permits
Valid Kawartha ATV Association or Haliburton ATV Association trail permits are accepted.

Trail Level
Intermediate to Expert:
Attempting without proper mapping knowledge and orientation experience, can be dangerous. Please refer to our map for detailed GPS tracking of our trails.

Rider Level
Intermediate – Expert

Length
This trail system has various loops that vary in length and in time travelled. A favourite KATVA club ride loop is 65 km, which can take up to 7 hours to complete. A more ambitious loop of 95 km provides a good perspective on the vastness of the area. Smaller loops are available that take 3 to 4 hours, as terrain varies considerably.

Access Points (Staging and Parking)
There are several areas indicated on our map (free with you membership). Every KATVA club ride will indicate the staging and parking area. As some are in rather remote areas, the gathering point will be a local landmark, and then the ride leader will lead everyone to the area.
Click on an access point below to view a google map. The green arrow indicates the access point location.

Bass Lake Road at bridge
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Kinmount: Austin Sawmill Heritage Park (limited parking)
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Cr 507 and Fire Access Road
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Cr 507 and Trail 57
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Points of Interest
The Five Points area is bordered by Buckhorn, Bobcaygeon, Gooderham and Kinmount, with Gooderham and Kinmount being accessible by ATV from the trail system. Yummy fries from a chip truck available in Kinmount, and you can enjoy a nice dinner in Gooderham. Accommodations are available in both Bobcaygeon and Buckhorn. The system also links to the VIctoria Rail Trail which is a beginner to intermediate system, accessible to Fenelon Falls, and to the outside borders of Lindsay. The Picard Lake picnic area in the Five Points overlooks scenic Picard Lake, and for the more adventurous (expert), Concession Lake has a picnic area as well.

Features
Trails range from a Sunday stroll in the park to some of the most challenging. The best way to experience some of the best trails anywhere is to join one of the many KATVA sanctioned club rides. Click here to view the ride schedule. That is the best way to familiarize yourself with the trails, as each ride is geared to a certain level of competence, and is led by experienced experts who know how to get you back should you encounter difficulties. And when one of our leaders describes a particular feature as “not for the faint of heart”, it should be taken seriously. The Five Points trail system runs through large tracts of wilderness, which is why we recommend enjoying the trails on sanctioned club rides, at least until you are familiar with the area.

Rules
The private landowner rights must be respected and trespassing on private property will not be tolerated. ATVers do not have the right to enter private property anywhere without prior consent. If there is a sign posted, please stay out.

We respect the private landowner rights and will be working hard to obtain the necessary land use agreements from the appropriate landowners where there may be enhancement to our current trail system.

 

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park

This park is an official Ontario Provincial Park, with extra rules, regulations, ecological and environmental issues to consider and adhere to. Do not wander off existing Trails. Do not remove or destroy any existing vegetation or trees. Stay out of all water courses.

There are areas to which ATVs are restricted and / or not allowed such as private roads and private property around many of the lakes. Please pay very close attention to signage.

There are big boulder-rock sections which can be extremely dangerous when wet. Please use good judgment when attempting. For full park details, visit: www.ontarioparks.com

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Non-Motorized Usage
walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding

Motorized Usage
ATV riding, snowmobiling

Open to ATVs
May 15 through November 31, 7:00am – 9:30pm

Closed for the Season
December 1 through May 14

Trail Level
Intermediate to Expert

Access Points (Staging and Parking)
Click on an access point below to view a google map. The green arrow indicates the access point location.

Black River Road and Chisholm Trail
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Black River Road and Lewisham Lane
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Black River Road and Trail 79
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Other Special Category Trails

 

Hog’s Back

Prospect for sanctioning, KATVA does not condone or recommend this trail. Access to it may cross roads and un-opened road allowances.

Located south of Omemee towards Bethany, this system is both challenging (intermediate) and beautiful. South of Lindsay, it connects just south of Omemee on County Rd 31, proceeds south to Devil’s Elbow Ski Resort (Bethany) and can provide access to the south West Rail Trail through Bethany towards the Ganaraska trail system.

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