Snowshoeing

Northumberland County Forest offers multiple locations for snowshoeing. The best places to snowshoe are on the Woodland Trail and the Oak Ridges Trail. The Single Track Trails, east of Beagle Club Road, are also available for snowshoeing but are more difficult.

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

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.

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.

Single-track trails

The Single Track Trails east of Beagle Club Road are narrow and windy with some steep hills.

Snowshoers share this trail with hikers and adventurous mountain bikers. Because of the steep hills, this trail should only be used by advanced snowshoers.

View the single-track trails map.

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.