Spring Trail Riding

Table of Contents

If the back roads are one of Hastings County’s best-kept secrets, its network of off-road trails are the reason why. Over the years, the county has made a name for itself as a go-to destination for ATV and snowmobile travel in Ontario. These days though, two-wheelers are on the rise in the woods, and springtime (before the bugs are out in full force) is the perfect time to experience Hastings County by bike. 

Exploring close to home and keeping things outdoors has never been easier thanks to shareable routes and knobby tires. If you’re looking for a local’s perspective on digging your tires into spring trail biking in Hastings County, here’s the plan:


Declaration of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order

As COVID-19covid 19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a declaration of emergency and provincewide stay-at-home order are in effect as of Thursday, April 8, at 12:01 a.m.

For details regarding provincial restrictions, please visit Ontario.ca. In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order. Please follow the guidelines. This blog post is intended for locals’ inspiration only.

The Route

We chose to start this route in Stirling, at the Grand Trunk Train Station parking area. From here, it’s easy to hop on the Hastings Heritage Trail. A rail trail is ideal for a first foray into trail riding since elevation gain and loss are gradual rather than steep climbs and descents.

Note that the Hastings Heritage Trail and the Trail of Two Lakes are multi-use trails, meaning that ATVs share the trail with hikers, horseback riders and cyclists. For this reason, plan your ride during daylight hours and be sure to turn on flashing front and rear lights while you’re riding to give others warning. You can find out more about trail use through the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (thetrail.ca).

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35155245

If you’re feeling up to the additional kilometres, loop down from Dutch Lane onto Factory Road. If not, keep heading toward Gallivan Road and back into town via Eggleton Road. 

This 25.8 kilometre on-and-off-road route can be attempted in warmer seasons by anyone with at least a 40mm tire, but during the winter it should be undertaken only by fat tire bikes.

Trail Etiquette

  • Stay home if you reside in an area currently under a Stay Home Order, or if you are feeling unwell.
  • Keep your distance. Stay at least six feet away from anyone outside your household, even in the outdoors.
  • Keep to a single-file line while on the trail. Stay right while riding; pass on the left.
  • Cyclists should yield to hikers and horseback riders.
  • Pack out all garbage.
  • Do your research. Don’t use trails that are closed, and don’t use unmarked trails.
  • Be aware of the weather. Avoid using the trails after heavy rain to prevent damage.

Sidebar: What to Pack for Trail Biking

Like other outdoor activities, how you prepare is the key to trail biking success. Spring conditions can change quickly, so check the weather and layer accordingly. A spare layer is worth the space it takes up in your pack! The same goes for a spare snack and an extra water bottle.

Along with a helmet, a pair of cycling eyewear designed for low-light conditions can completely change your experience. Most trails involve lengthy sections through treed areas meaning that visibility may be lower than on the road.



Explore More!


Thanks for signing up to our newsletter. You will start receive exciting updates on what is happening here in Hastings County including, events, resources, stories and more.

Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)