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I did the Acton/Limehouse side of the trail and there are a few things you should know.

1) The access point is very hard to find!! I was not able to find the access in Limehouse on Fifth Line, and it may no longer exist. There is an access point on Fourth Line just pass the quarry fence. You will see an orange blaze painted on a wooden post - head up that hill to find the start. There is a second access point on Glen Lawson road. You will notice an orange blaze painted on a 60km/h road sign. For the life of me, I can't figure out how the trail continues past here towards Guelph.

2) There is no parking lot. I left my car on the side of the road. But at least it's free.

3) The trail was very poorly marked! The blazes were sparse and hard to follow. There are lots of crossing paths and it was difficult to know which one to take. I got lost and had to double back more than once.

4) The trail was certainly challenging, as advertised. The path was narrow and overgrown at parts. There were steep hills. The trail is mostly sand. The only other person I encountered on the trail was a dirt biker. There are lots of tire tracks through the forest so it seems like it is used by them often. It is not a place I'd bring children or a dog.

Overall, a fun trail but really poorly marked and maintained. I'd appreciate if locals had any better insight.

road biking
1 month ago

A very accessible local trail with a reasonable variety of scenery and surfaces to keep you engaged. I often cycle on the trail, including it in a variety of different loops and routes that utilize various gravel roads. One can out-and-back from the Silvercreek trailhead to the Kissing bridge in about 25km, perfect for a quick outing, or plan to spend the day and cover the entire trail to Goderich in 6-7 hours. The trail passes through and connects to several Mennonite communities that offer great hospitality and treats (except on Sundays). Note that the trail conditions are in need of improvement between Milverton and Blyth and one will need to use a few side roads to detour the impassable sections.

walking
2 months ago

Magical

Started at the beginning in GUELPH. Went 6 Km one way to 8th line and then back. A lovely easy walk as it’s an old decommissioned Rail line so is very flat. Not very busy at all, at least when we were on it.
We’ve decided to walk this entire trail over several visits. We’ll just park where we finished last time, and hike a new section, then do again. We should have it done in 5 or 6 fairly easy walks.
Do wear big repellant though. Mosquitos could carry you off.
......update on Aug 16....we’ve now also hiked from the other end, starting in Milbank and gone as far as Linwood (Approx 20Km round trip). Much more open at this end with much of the trail cutting through various farmers fields. Very pleasant and lovely views of rolling hills. More to come..

Nice walk to the lake. Can walk along the river or go through the forest. Not too busy during the week. Easy walk and it’s not far.

hiking
4 months ago

If you love seeing wildlife and as many puppers as possible - this is the perfect hike for you! Variety of routes to take and a couple friendly faces too!

The trail is closed at about the 1Km mark for construction until November. You can continue along a small trail by the river for a while, and it will meet up with the hard packed trail again at about the 4Km point. The trail on the other side of the river which goes through the Cutten Club is vey nice.

Most of the trip from Limehouse to Guelph is great! the first section from 5th to 4th Line in Limehouse is pointless, and not well marked as it seems to have changed recently. The trail is amazing once your passed 4th. Also, there are two significant sections where you need to travel on the road, one may be temporary as the land which contains the intended route has recently changed ownership, the other is terrible, but a few kms on the road is a small price to pay for the rest of the journey! The wife, dog and I went from Limehouse to Starkey Hill in 7 and a half hours of leisurely hiking! enjoy!

Close to home for a quick or relaxing walk or bike ride. Snow shoe in winter.

trail running
5 months ago

This was my favourite place to walk/run during my undergrad. Very accessible and so many different trail paths to explore. Well shaded which makes it a very cool place to go for a run on a hot summer day. Busy spot though! You’ll always see other people

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice place, usually very busy.
But other than that, once you get into the forest area it’s beautiful.

Saw a couple of dear, great trail!

I have done sections of this trail and love it. It is marked well.
thankyou!

Started at Limehouse went to Acton.
Took 3hr 45mins

Takes you through fenced in quary, Trail got good at 4th side road.

Really great rustic section between 5th line and Dublin line good and challenging

hiking
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

to much dog poop lying around and not much interesting scenery

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Great ride

Too many road treks

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Good ride with lots of photo oportunities. Parts of the trail are open fields--check wind strenghth and direction before heading out.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

started in Elmira and headed west. Well maintained trail-flat and easy to ride on. Goes through Mennonite country. Very interesting ride.

The first several kms from guelph are not great

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Easy hike lots of route options

backpacking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

My girlfriend and I biked this trail from Guelph to goderich this summer. It's great because it used to be an old rail line, so it's flat the entire way. Several little sections along the way have been shut down or aren't looked after though, so you have to take the road at points. It took us 3 nights and we camped along the way. The kissing bridge trail section only took us a day.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great trail, we really enjoyed our experience. We weren't sure what to expect when we first arrived but it was a pleasant surprise.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great trail. We rode our bikes.

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

think more of an easy hike. very cool. lots of dogs in the beginning.

Wonderful rail trail! Other than the few km's of road trekking it is a marvellous 40 km through forests and fields . Occasionally the trail blazes were sparse or difficult to find.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Good spot for dog walking.
And the trail continues east of Victoria road all the way to stone road, via the river/railway.

backpacking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

This is a beautiful trail and perfect for longer distance backpacking . Yes there are a few deep holes to watch out for and a couple detours . Surprisingly the oddest occurrence was Mennonite bike traffic . Twice they rode their bikes right into us ?? These were different people at different times on different sections of trail with no apology . I'm still trying to figure these encounters out so watch out for bike traffic . Lots of apple trees full of fruit on some sections .This trail continues on to Goderich as the G 2 G trail . We have trekked some sections west of Milverton but they are pretty rough and full of ticks so dress accordingly . K

walking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It is a nice trail, very lush, and quite easy to navigate. Very straight forward. It is located just off Wellington Road 39. Travel a bit down the road and you'll come across an opening with the trail signs. Cheers!

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