Mountain Biking -
Mountain Bike parks offer the ultimate thrill for adrenaline addicts. Pump tracks, jumps, free-ride features, wall rides and skinnies are just some the challenges that await serious cyclists. Many trails in the Bluewater regions are professionally designed and rated for difficulty to match the abilities of riders. All counties and districts maintain trails designated for biking or multi-use.
Kolapore Uplands Wilderness is located on Road 2 between Ravenna and Feversham with over 60 km. of well-marked trails exclusively for cross-country skiing in winter, and hiking, mountain biking or hunting from spring to fall. The area contains over 5,000 acres of hilly forests, high escarpment outcrops and swamps, intersected by several creeks and it is easy to get lost so visitors should carry a trail map. Maps are available at local stores or information centres. Some trails are very steep and should only be attempted by experienced skiers. The wilderness abounds with wildlife and remnants
Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park is located at 77 Richards Dr. east of Woodland Court. The park has six trails that are professionally designed according to the International Mountain Bike Association rating system that allows cyclists to choose the trail best suited to their skills. A trials area has dirt jumps with a launch platform, various sizes of hits, step-ups, a step down box and a teeter-totter. A single diamond level, free ride trail features drops, jumps and wall rides. A double diamond trail has a skinny ramp of elevated supports. Additional trails are being developed.
The Brant Tract is a multi-use, year round trail system. This 781-acre property consists of approximately 25 kilometres of trails. These trails range from single-track, double-track to roadways suitable for all levels. The two road systems located on the property are the West Road and the East Road. The 15 kilometres of single-track wilderness trail can be accessed from either of the main road systems in the park. These single-track trails have been professionally constructed for mountain biking using the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s trail construction standards.
Bala Falls has beautiful water cascades and picnic areas that overlook the Moon River at the outlet of Lake Muskoka. It is a popular spot for wading and swimming during summer when the current is not too strong. It is also a popular staging area for mountain bikers who enjoy rock hopping over the ledges. The twin chutes are especially scenic during autumn when the maples display colourful leaves.
The Georgian Bluffs Trail runs between Park Head on Grey County Road 10 through Shallow Lake to Owen Sound harbour. The trail follows a former railway corridor that crosses innumerable wetlands, forests and scenic vistas of Georgian Bay at the east end. It is a multi-use trail for hiking, cycling or motorsports year round. Trail users should be observant and careful not to run over wildlife that is very plentiful and can be closely encountered along the way.
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