Goderich Rail Trail

EASY 11 reviews

Goderich Rail Trail is a 25.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Goderich, Ontario, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
25.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
553 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

wildlife

hiking
28 days ago

Summer 2017: I walked from Guelph to Goderich and back, a little bit at a time. Twenty trips, 255km total. This last part, the Goderich Auburn Rail Trail, is very good, with a spectacular high level railway bridge near the end, overlooking the Maitland River where it meets Lake Huron.

mountain biking
3 months ago

3 months ago

rails trails
4 months ago

4 months ago

Sweet trail

hiking
4 months ago

trail running
10 months ago

This was my go to trail for running as it was an old train track so it was high and dry. Nice and straight some road crossings but they were side streets and the road crossing at hwy 21 was an overpass so no problems there.

road biking
Monday, June 22, 2015

While we enjoyed the trail very much the railroad bridge was out at the Maitland River and there was no bridge that we could find to cross to connect with the extension to Auburn. The trail itself was well maintained but you had to pay attention as it is not a wide graveled rail bed as some rail trail conversions are, but was two tracks with a grass median and you needed to stay focused to not get out of the track. There were a couple of places of rough gravel and loose finer gravel and a couple of mucky spots, but nothing too difficult to traverse. We came across quite a few people near the Goderich end walking dogs without leashes. Excellent views of Goderich and the river at the start of the trail. Lots of birds, butterflies - a real treat for nature lovers. Benches placed periodically along the trail for breaks, picnics, etc.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I have some corrections to make on my review which I posted earlier. The "former railroad bridge" is the Menesetung bridge, and the "junction" on the north end is where three trails meet. The Menesetung Trail is the one that runs west, to the "Heritage Oak". I stated that it is "300 years old". The interpretive sign near the oak states that it began growing circa 1780 - which makes the oak closer to 200 years old. The other trail is the Old Menesetung trail. A detailed map for all the trails is on a sign just west of the trail junction (north end of bridge) Both the Menesetung trail and the Old Menesetung trail are very good trails that I can highly recommend. Be warned, some sections of the Old Menesetung trail are very hilly and fairly difficult.

Friday, October 25, 2013

This trail follows the rail bed of the abandoned Goderich - Guelph line. As such, it is wide, firm, mostly smooth, and dry. The trail passes through a wide range of natural environments, including mature deciduous forest and wetlands. In some sections, the raised rail bed offers a high viewpoint for nature observation. It's ideal for cycling, especially near the west end, which has an improved surface. The westernmost portion (nearest the town of Goderich) is the most interesting, The trail crosses the Maitland river on the former railroad bridge, which has been converted pedestrian use and has a wide, safe wooden board surface. This high bridge offers impressive views of the Maitland river and valley. The north end of the bridge is at the junction of a trail which follows the river valley west, through a variety of successional forest and woodland, and past a 300-year-old heritage oak tree. It terminates near a private marina, at a road which leads to a trailer park.