Northumberland Forest – Woodland Trails

Thinking of going for an outdoor walk? There are over 45 km of hiking trails in the Northumberland Forest (located approx. 15 km north of Cobourg/exit 474 from hwy 401) including the eastern connection of the Oak Ridges Hiking Trail!

Woodland Trails:
The Woodland Trails parking and trailhead is located on the east side of County Road 45 across from Woodland Rd. The Woodland Purple Finch, Black Oak and Sweet Fern loops share some common trail and are 3, 7.5 and 9 kilometers long, respectively. Users can choose to go right or left at the first split and will find signage for the loops in either direction. There’s a scenic hike to Lookout Mountain not to be missed.

Link to trails map & brochure:

2oldguyswalking website has a great article (posted 2017) with images and map. Go here to read this article.

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Northumberland Forest – Woodland Trails characteristics

Length: 4 trails totalling 22 km.
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain biking, Cycling, Snowmobiling, Equestrian, and Winter (Fat) Biking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None reported

Flora & Fauna:

Black Oak Woodland, which can be seen on the Black Oak and Sweet Fern Loops, is one of Canada’s rarest habitats. Northumberland County is restoring and actively managing it using tree harvesting and prescribed burns. Many interesting plants including Sweet Fern, New Jersey Tea and Woodland Sunflower can be found in this habitat.

Amenities: Washrooms

Attractions: None

Northumberland County Forest Tel: 905-372-3329

Find it: County Rd 45 & Woodland Rd, Northumberland County

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.1185560
Longitude: -78.0918500