Southmarch Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ottawa, ON. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking and mountain biking.
Well maintained trails (thank you MBA Ottawa for your hard work)
Interesting mix of rock paths, dirt, skinnies, and features made of the good old Canadian Shield (I could swear there was a small pump track naturally formed in the bedrock).
Area closer to the road is easy and as you go deeper into the trail system it gets progressively more advanced. Also good signage throughout the network.
Encountered several hikers on the trail and they were very respectful to move over for us given the trail is primarily for MTB use.
Parking available on the side of the road where the shoulder is extra wide for room to park and get set up.
For Walking not the best option. The bikes don't let you walk at all.
Great trail with some nice lookout locations over the water. More mountain bikers than hikers though so stay aware and keep to the right to let them pass. Good terrain variety kept us interested.
Nice hike with the kids (3 and 6) and a pup.