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Old Railway Bike Trail


Map -- Old Railway Bike Trail
RATING:Easy
TOUR TYPE:Out and back
TOTAL DISTANCE:10 km one way
START / FINISH:Mew Lake or Rock Lake Campground
HIGHLIGHTS:-Abandoned Railway Bed
-Interpretive Signs
-Lakes and Forest
SURFACE:-Gravel and dirt: 10 km
TIME ALLOWANCE:-Beginner: 1.5 hr
-Intermediate: 1 hr
-Advanced: 0.5 hr
FURTHER INFORMATION:-Pick up the Algonquin Park Trail Guide pamphlet from the park gate for complete instructions.

Information
Algonquin Park has an easy 10 km family bicycle trail. Most of the trail follows the abandoned bed of the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway that was built across the park in 1895 and then abandoned (in stages in the 1930’s, 40s and 50s). Along the trail are introductory sign panels featuring historical photographs, which show the “old days” of the railway. The Old Railway Bike Trail is a great way to spend a few hours on a leisurely outing soaking up some
fascinating Algonquin history and scenery.

Directions

  • The trail runs between Mew Lake and Rock Lake campgrounds (see Algonquin Park maps). If you are camping at Rock Lake, Coon Lake, Mew Lake or Lake of Two Rivers you can pick up the trail from your campsite. If you are travelling by car for a day trip you can find the beginning of the trail at the Mew Lake Campsite.
  • Consult Algonquin Park Trail Guide pamphlet for more information.