Hiking

trail through forestThere are over 45 km of hiking trails in the Northumberland County Forest including the eastern connection of the Oak Ridges Hiking Trail. The trails explore the rolling terrain and visit areas of forest, wetland, sand barren, woodland, savannah and tallgrass prairie.

Please note that hiking is not allowed on the Beagle Club Road cross-country ski trails from December 1 to March 31.

Beagle Club Trails

180 Beagle Club Road, Harwood

The Beagle Club Trails range from 1 km to 14 km. The Heritage Trail at the Beagle Club Trailhead is a 1 km long accessible trail.

View the Beagle Club Trail Brochure.

Winter use: Please note from December 1 to March 31, the Beagle Club Trails are open for skiing only.  All other trailheads (Morris, Carstairs, Woodland and McDonald) are open to non-skiers.

Carstairs Universal Trail

1178 Bowmanton Road, Roseneath

The Carstairs Universal Trail is 3.2 km overall, with four possible loops – the smallest being 750 m and the longest being 2.2 km. The grades are gentle and the tread is over 2 m wide. There are also over 40 interpretive signs that describe rare trees in Ontario.

View the Carstairs Trails Brochure to see a map and find out more.

Oak Ridges Trail

6653 County Road 45, Baltimore

Parking for the Oak Ridges Trail is located at Morris Road and County Road 45. From this trailhead, users can head west or east (approximately 8.5 km either way).

Woodland Trails

7363 County Road 45, Roseneath

Trail Closure Notice: Timber harvest operations are currently underway in the Woodland Trails area.  Purple Finch Trail and the western portion of Black Oak Trail are temporarily closed and will reopen when safe to do so.
Map of 2021 Woodland Timber Harvest area

The Woodland Trails parking and trailhead is located on the east side of County Road 45, across from Woodland Road.

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. Be sure to check out the scenic hike to Lookout Mountain.

View the Woodland Trails Brochure to see a map and find out more.

Hiking clubs

Several hiking clubs are active in the area including: