Trail Running Links

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 8.55.05 PMThere are so many wonderful trail running opportunities in Eastern Ontario! The following is a list of some of my favourites. There are many other great trails to run too that I have not listed, however please always respect the wishes of property owners when trail running and only go on approved trails, or ask for permission.

The Ontario Trails Council includes a number of these trails in addition to others.

Adirondacks (NY) – The Adirondacks are a short drive from Eastern Ontario and offers the most easily accessible mountains within driving distance in this area. Here is a great interactive map to plan your route.

Algonquin Provincial Park – Another playground offering from Ontario Parks with unlimited trails for runners looking for anything from short runs to ultra distance. Enjoy!  Suunto Movescount run data/maps

Batawa Ski Hill (Trenton) – Trail system north of Trenton that is used for the Fat Ass Trail Race. Suunto Movescount run data/maps

Bon Echo Provincial Park (Cloyne) – Assorted trail network of some fairly technical single track trails. Day/annual pass required. Suunto Movescount run data/maps

Cataraqui Trail – 104 km rail trail from Strathcona to Smith Falls that features a combination of cinder trail, gravel and dirt. Connects to Rideau Trail and K&P Trail. (MAP).

Charleston Lake Provincial Park (Lansdowne) – The longest loop is only 10km, but features some rugged footing with great views. Day/annual pass required.

Collins Creek (Kingston) – Single track mountain biking and dog walking trails. Suitable for trail running too.

Depot Creek Nature Reserve (Bellrock) – Less than 4km of trails, but spectacular views very unique to the area. Can run multiple loops or be combined with a run on First Lake Rd (dirt road) to make a longer run.

Foley Mountain (Westport) – Just north of Westport. Trail system that include a portion of the Rideau Trail. (MAP)

Fort Henry (Kingston) – Abandoned mountain bike trails along shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Frontenac Arch Biosphere – Explore the Arch. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere is laced with fabulous trails, not only in parks and conservation areas, but across the region in several directions and locations.

Frontenac Provincial Park (Sydenham) – Over 100 km’s of the best trail running in Eastern Ontario. Options range from as short as a 3 km loop to as long as a 50 km (perimeter) loop. Rideau Trail runs through Frontenac. Day/annual pass required. Frontenac Park Map | Suunto Movescount run data/maps 

Gananoque Provincial Wildlife Area Trail Project – A new trail initiative with a 20km network of trails that are being developed on 1000 acres of land.

Gananoque Trail (Gananaoque) – A loop within the town that connects many green spaces, parks and short trails.

Gould Lake Conservation Area (Sydenham) – Rugged, technical single track with many trail options of varying difficulty. Rideau Trail runs through Gould Lake. Day/annual pass required. (MapSuunto Movescount run data/maps

Greater Madawaska Parks and Trails (Madawaska) – Many great options in the region with an assortment of trails types ranging from easy to technical.

K&P Trail – Rail trail of cinder, gravel and dirt. Ongoing project. Currently connected to Cataraqui Trail east of Harrowsmith and extends to Hartington before trail is broken in places. Some nice sections from Verona extending further north as well. Rideau Trail connects in places. (Virtual Tour | Map)

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (Kingston) – Nordic skiing trails just north of Kingston. Rolling grass trails in the summer for good trail running. Perimeter loop is 10.8km, with shorter options within. Day/annual pass required. (Map)

Lemoine Point Conservation Area (Kingston) – Cinder trails along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. (Map)

Lennox and Addington Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club – Snowmobile trail network that features some good trail running during all seasons. Again, be sure to respect property owners. (Interactive Map)

Linda’s Loop (Coxvale) – Very rugged single track trails. Not heavily used, and quite technical.

Marble Rock (Gananoque) – Under the Rideau Trail Association umbrella, these trails are definitely worth checking out. Not very long with a total of 11km, but some very fun sections of single track that includes some very technical footing in places, and great views from higher points. Suunto Movescount run data/maps

McCauley Mountain (Picton) – Single track mountain bike trails just east of the town of Picton.

McIntosh Mills Crown Land Trails (Mallorytown) – Rugged and technical trails in the Canadian Shield. A lot of ATV use on these trails so watch your footing. Trails groomed for XC skiing in winter, and a short dedicated snowshoe trail. Map | Suunto Movescount data/maps

Ontario Parks (Ontario) – Ontario Provincial Parks feature incredible opportunities to trail run all across Ontario. Check out their website to find a provincial park near you!

Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area (Amherstview) – Nice little single track trails west of Amherstview. Cinder surface has been recently added to the west side of the bay, but east side still mostly dirt trail. (Map)

Puzzle Lake Conservation Area (Tamworth) – Proposed conservation area on crown land northeast of Tamworth featuring a hidden treasure of good trail running on ATV and single track trails. See also Welly Smith Trail (below). Suunto Movescount run data/maps

Rideau Trail – 300+ km trail from Kingston to Ottawa that is on some technical single track, rail trail, road, through cemeteries, and more. Follow the orange trail markers for the main route and blue markers for side loops.

Rock Dunder (Jones Falls) – Beautiful trails, though not very long (12 km), with spectacular views. Technical in places.

Shabomeka Legpower Pathfinders (Cloyne) – 65km rugged network of trails on private and crown land. For foot traffic and mountain bikes only. Suunto Movescount run data/maps

Skycroft Trails (Opinicon Road, near Chaffey’s Locks) – 20km network of single track trails through rugged terrain and spectacular views. Includes part of Rideau Trail and connects to Cataraqui Trail/Trans Canada Trail.

Trans Canada Trail – Features sections close to Kingston that includes Cataraqui, K&P, Rideau and Kaladar Trails.

Welly Smith Trail (near Parham) – Trail system on crown land that connects to Puzzle Lake trails. Access is on MacLean Rd.

This list is a work in progress and will be updated from time to time. If there are any trails that you think should be added, please let me know.

Running/Outdoor Shops:
Spafford Health and Adventure – Online sales of Dion, KahtoolaUltrAspire, Swiftwick Socks, Trail Toes body lube, Natural Ice Lip Balm and S!Caps.
MEC – Ottawa and Toronto locations
FastTrax Ski Shop – Edmonton (also ships out of province)
Runners’ Choice – Kingston
Running Room – Kingston
Trailhead – Kingston
Tri and Run Sports – Trenton

Recommended trail running shoes:
La Sportiva – The best trail running shoes on the market. Available in Canada at MEC and FastTrax Ski Shop

Local Trail Running Races organized by Spafford Health and Adventure:
Sydenham Fall Trail Run
Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series

~ Revised: April 25, 2016