Grey County offers cyclists a chance to experience spectacular views and scenery combined with a variety of communities, small towns, and unique businesses well acquainted with welcoming visitors of all types, including those on bike. Enjoy a peaceful ride through flat waterfront trails along Georgian Bay or challenge your legs with off-road trails or steep roads up the Niagara Escarpment.
For a jaunt through the past, follow the Tom Thomson trail or the Underground Railroad route. With numerous trails, road routes, and mountain biking in the area as well as in neighbouring Bruce and Simcoe Counties, Grey County is a cycling hub.
Bicyclists and cars share the road. Considered to be vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on public roadways as motorists. Be visible, wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road.
Pedal and Paddle – Starting at the top of the Escarpment at Blue Mountain, this 28km route is reminiscent of a roller coaster, cruising downhill through agricultural lands, mature apple orchards and forests.
opens in a new windowLake Eugenia Loop – This advanced 90km (111 km with alternate routing) ride is suitable for experienced cyclists looking to test their fitness. With epic climbs that bring riders through the outskirts of Collingwood and Thornbury, as well as Rob Roy, Feversham, Eugenia, Kimberley.
opens in a new windowBadjeros Loop – The 74km Badjeros Loop offers rolling climbs, a great view over Georgian Bay and then a steep drop into Creemore with cafes, restaurants and galleries
opens in a new windowGeorgian Trail – This classic and well maintained rail trail is an easy 34 km ride on stone dust between Collingwood and Meaford, where it connects to the Tom Thomson Trail. The path follows the original Northern Railway route along the southern shore of Georgian Bay.
opens in a new windowTom Thomson – The 44 km well-marked and non-motorized trail includes on- and off-road sections.Connecting Owen Sound and Meaford,the path passes by the famous Group of Seven artist’s boyhood home at Rosehill farm and grave. A mountain or hybrid bike is recommended.
opens in a new windowGeorgian Bluffs Trail – This 16 km stone dust rail trail is rated easy and accommodates all types of bikes. Traveling from Owen Sound to Parkhead, the climb provides views of Georgian Bay and farmland. Motorized use is allowed.
opens in a new windowGrey County CP Rail Trail– This 77 km stone dust trail travels between Owen Sound and Dundalk and is suitable for mountain, hybrid, cyclocross, or touring (with the appropriate tires) bikes. Food and services are available along the trail.ATV use is permitted south of Sunny Valley Rd.
opens in a new windowKolapore Uplands Wilderness Trails – Mountain biking is permitted on some cross country ski trails during summer months. Moderate and more difficult trails are shared with hikers and horseback riders. Visit Ravenna Country Market for a trail map and their infamous butter tarts.
opens in a new windowAllan Park – The moderate to difficult park features 16 km of trails including trail system caters to a variety of users including hikers and equestrians. The park features technical single track and descents.
opens in a new windowCamp Oliver – 3 km of gravel loops through forests and wetland are rated easy to more difficult the property is also connected to Grey Main, offering more trails.
opens in a new windowGrey Main – This forest property is an extensive natural forest featuring about 6 km of groomed trails suited for biking, hiking and cross country skiing.
opens in a new windowDerby Tract – Known locally as West Rocks, The multi-use trail system features 4 km of loops that wind through forest and wildflowers on the Niagara Escarpment with easy, more difficult and very difficult sections.
opens in a new windowGlenelg Klondyke – Wide trails traverse 10 km of moderate difficulty level with scenic views. 7 km suitable for mountain biking as trails have become eroded due to ATV usage.
opens in a new windowLoree Forest Loop – Located at the top of Georgian Peaks Ski Hill in the Grey County Forest, this 7 km single track is great for beginners to experienced riders with spurs that offer technical riding.
opens in a new window opens in a new windowThe Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Stretching over 3000km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 140 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The fully signed Trail uses the safest infrastructure possible, a mix of both on-road and off-road facilities, and is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads. It can be enjoyed for as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventure.
In 2018, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail was extended from Grand Bend, through Bruce County, across Manitoulin Island to Espanola and from Tobermory east to Collingwood. The Lake Huron North Channel route from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury opened in 2018. Both segments form part of the proposed Georgian Bay Cycling Route.
opens in a new windowUnderground Railroad Bicycle Route. This historical trail retraces the path escaped slaves travelled between Owen Sound and Mobile, Alabama. An alternate route through Detroit was recently added to this 3,200 km route. Map Section 5 includes Owen Sound and the Grey Highlands.