Ganaraska Forest Trails

Come and experience southern Ontario’s largest forest. Located within an hour’s drive of Toronto, straddling the Counties of Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and the Region of Durham, the Ganaraska Forest offers the best in outdoor recreation.

Today the forest is a living example of how the principles of integrated resource management can be used to balance many different uses of forested lands on a sustainable and ecologically sound basis. The forest is home to the Ganaraska Forest Outdoor Education Centre, a weekend canteen, and public washroom and shower facilities.

With hundreds of kilometres of trails, the Ganaraska Forest provides year-round opportunities for a variety of activities. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and nature appreciation are popular activities throughout the Forest. Motorized activities such as off-road motorcycle riding, ATVing and snowmobiling are permitted in the West Forest and East Forest only. The Central section of the Forest is maintained as a passive use area, and is where Treetop Trekking is located.

If a quiet stroll in the forest to commune with nature is what you enjoy, the Ganaraska Forest has plenty to offer. Our walking trails are designed to appeal to all abilities of hikers and pass through a scenic landscape of rolling hills and mixed forest. A variety of wildlife can be seen while hiking in the forest including white tailed deer, wild turkey, birds of prey and songbirds. Don’t forget your camera. If your dog is joining you, please note that it must be on-leash in the central section of the forest.

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

Nearby towns and cities: |
Trail feature tags: | |

Ganaraska Forest Trails characteristics

Length: Over 100 km of trails
Difficulty: Difficult (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain biking, Snowmobiling, and Equestrian
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: Day pass fee

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: Picnic tables, washrooms, weekend canteen

Attractions: Tree top trekking, interpretive signage, outdoor education centre

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Phone: (905) 885-8173

Find it: 10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd, Millbrook, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.0751370
Longitude: -78.5061810