County Forest Trails and Recreation

The County Forest has over 118 km of trails with over 50,000 visitors per year.

The trail network includes approximately:

  • 36 km of non-motorized double-track trails
  • 6 km of non-motorized single-track trails
  • 47 km of motorized double-track trails and roads
  • 7 km of motorized single-track trails
  • 15 km of hiking only trails
  • 4 km of accessible pedestrian trails

The Northumberland County Forest provides many recreational trail opportunities. Click on an icon below to access information, maps and etiquette related to the different trail uses. 

Forest notices

 Trail closure: Motorized trails

Please note that due to the high amount of precipitation this spring, the Northumberland County Forest motorized trails will not be open on May 15, 2019, as previously scheduled.

Riding on the trail when it is in this condition can cause erosion, increased long term trail damage, higher trail repair costs and personal injury.

Please stay off the motorized trails at this time. County staff will re-evaluate the condition of the trails in one week.

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 Wild turkey hunt
  • Northumberland County Forest is in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 72.
  • A wild turkey hunt will be permitted from April 25 to May 31, 2019.
  • Hunting in the Northumberland County Forest is permitted east of County Road 45 only.
  • Hunters must be licenced/permitted per federal and provincial regulations.
  • Do not discharge a firearm within 50 m of a trail (hunters are responsible for knowing their location).
  • To minimize damage, hunters should not drive on forest roads until the ground has thawed and dried.
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted on trails until May 15th.
  • Non-hunters should consider wearing blaze orange during hunting seasons.

Map of areas in County Forest that permit and prohibit hunting

For more information, please contact:

Forest Services

905-372-3329 ext. 2303

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All users must…

  • Respect private property
  • Respect other trail users
  • Respect the forest by obeying signage, gates and barriers
  • Not litter (including cigarettes and tissues)
  • Not disturb or feed wildlife
  • Have pets under control and leave no waste on trails or in parking areas
  • Not have campfires or smoke carelessly
  • Respect enforcement personnel


  • Signage throughout the forest indicates which trails are open for use. Users are responsible for knowing what trails they can use. You can find maps of the designated trails on each recreational use's page.
  • If you do not see a sign at the entrance to a trail, it is not a designated trail.
  • Please help us conserve and protect the County Forest and its natural inhabitants – respect and follow signage.
  • Trail users are responsible for knowing where they are, what trails are open to specific uses and what trails are off-limits.
  • County by-law officers, O.P.P., Conservation Officers and volunteer patrols perform enforcement regularly throughout the year.

Getting here by GPS

If you are using a GPS to get to the Northumberland County Forest, here are approximate latitude and longitude co-ordinates:

  • Beagle Club Trailhead: 44.096,-78.105
  • Morris Road Trailhead: 44.090,-78.102
  • Woodland Trailhead: 44.119,-78.092
  • MacDonald Road Trailhead: 44.102,-78.050
  • Carstairs Universal Trailhead: 44.122262, -78.109584

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