TRAILS

The Oak Ridges Trail

One of the best ways to explore the moraine's 160 kilometer length is of course by following the Oak Ridges Trail. You certainly don't have to do it all at once! The trail has been developed and is maintained by the all-volunteer Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA). Primarily designed for walking and hiking, the trail is sometimes shared with other user groups including horse back riders in some locations. Some stretches of the trail are located on roads where access to private or public lands has not yet been negotiated. The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust sometimes works in cooperation with ORTA to secure passage for the trail through the use of Conservation Easements.

A detailed trail guide indicating access points, points of interest, distance and level of difficulty is available and recommended. Sales of the guidebook help to support the ongoing activity of the Association in maintaining the trail, which is free for use by the public. In addition the Association's volunteers offer over 300 guided hikes year-round - also available free of charge. Learn more about the Oak Ridges Trail.

Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust Property Dedication Walkers

Other hiking and walking opportunities on, across and through the moraine include those available within Conservation Areas maintained by nine conservation authorities. Additionally you will find trails maintained by municipalities including many which will take you through county forests - originally planted to hold the precious soils of the Oak Ridges Moraine in place - and connections with other trails and trail groups.

Peel  

Dufferin  http://www.dufferinmuseum.com/forest/general.html

York  click here for link to York Region Hiking

Simcoe  http://www.simcoecountytrails.net/trails/trails.htm

Durham  http://www.durham.ca/departments/planning/committees/deac/NaturalFeaturesMap.pdf

Uxbridge  http://town.uxbridge.on.ca/canada_trail_capital

City of Kawartha Lakes  http://www.trailsforhealth.ca/about+our+trails.aspx

Peterborough County  http://www.thekawarthas.net/tourism/relax-and-play/22=parks-and-trails/368=Information---Places-&-Trails-to--Explore

Northumberland  http://www.northumberlandtourism.com/en/wildernessoutdoors/trails.asp

Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust: Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve 18462 Bathurst Street Newmarket Ontario L3Y 4V9 Tel:(905)853-3171