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

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 map.

Please note: All Beagle Club trails located west of Beagle Club Road, including north of Dunbar Road, will be closed on weekdays for timber harvesting, starting in November 2019. Trail users are encouraged to use the Woodland, Carstairs and Morris trails during these closures.

Carstairs Universal Trail

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

To hike the full length through the Forest, park at Bowmanton and Bates Road (approximately 17 km).

For a hike half the distance, park at Morris Road and County Road 45 and head west or east (approximately 8.5 km either way).

View the Oak Ridges Trail Central map.

View the Oak Ridges Trail West map.

Woodland Trails

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: