The Cataraqui Trail – Lanark County Section

The Cataraqui Trail is a year-round, shared-use recreation trail running approximately 103 km from Smith Falls in the east to Strathcona in the west. About 45 km is in Frontenac County

In spring, summer and fall it welcomes everyone from hikers to cyclists. In winter it is open to snowmobilers bearing a current Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trail permit. Cross-country skiers are welcome to share the trail.

Other than snowmobiles in season and electrically assisted bicycles all other motorized vehicles are prohibited.

From Smiths Falls (km 0) to Chaffey’s Lock (km 42) the trail passes through flat farmland and woods overlying limestone and sandstone. From Chaffey’s Lock (km 42) to Eel Bay (km 68.5) on Sydenham Lake, the trail traverses a neck of the Canadian Shield known as the Frontenac Axis. This links the vast Shield country to the north with its smaller but most impressive southern extremity, the Adirondack region of upper New York State. The Shield country is identified closely with its
dominant geological characteristics of rugged, hilly forests, plentiful lakes and swamps and numerous outcrops of attractive pink granite and grey gneiss. From Eel Bay (km 68.5) to Strathcona (km 103) the trail crosses mainly flat agricultural land known as the Napanee Plain.

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The Cataraqui Trail – Lanark County Section characteristics

Length: 103 km total length with only a few km in Lanark County
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Crushed limestone
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Cycling, and Equestrian
Accessibility Notes: accessibility not known
Fees: none reported

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: none

Attractions: none


Find it: Eastern Trailhead: 143 Lombard St, Smiths Falls, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.8900990
Longitude: -76.0305260