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Ontario Mountain Biking Trails – Buckwallow Cycling Center

November 23, 2012

One of Ontario’s prime riding destinations, Buckwallow Cycling Center has a great mix of buff singletrack, open fireroads and rocky technical sections to keep even the most capable riders on their toes.  Buckwallow is one of the best maintained and diverse riding destinations in the region and worth every penny to ride there.

Riders are typically greeted by owner Mike McLaughlin and his son who are always at the ready to make sure your experience at Buckwallow is one you will enjoy and remember.

The trails at Buckwallow are well marked with signs at each trailhead indicating the trails name, difficulty level and a short description of what lies ahead.  The trails are some of the best maintained in the province and the owner even goes so far as to use a leaf blower to clear the trails in the fall. The facilities are well kept and have everything you require including: ample parking, a bike wash, trail maps and vending machines for drinks.

Everyone will find something to enjoy at Buckwallow.  There is lots of fun flowy singletrack and fireroads for beginners with modest elevation throughout.  For the more advanced rider, Buckwallow has some of the best rock riding around.  This is great Canadian Shield riding at its best.


Trail Length30 KM
Trail Level Trails for all skill levels
Trail TypeSingletrack, fire roads and natural rocky terrain
Trail MapAvailable at the park
Access fee$10 day pass
$60 individual season pass
$120 family season pass
Closest TownGravenhurst
GPSLatitude: 44.95864
Longitude: -79.32374

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NameMike McLaughlin
Phone (705) 687-8858
Hours of Operation7 days a week from sunrise until sunset.
SeasonMay 1st to October 31st


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If you have ridden here, please share your experience with a comment bellow.

Happy trails.

Marc Landry is a Toronto, Ontario based action sports photographer. Honing his skills on local and World Cup cycling circuits, Marc has since expanded his subject matter to include several outdoor adventure sports. Marc is in his element when surrounded by the energy that top athletes radiate. The relationships he forms with his subjects is apparent in his images and is part of what defines his look. He is most at home in the mountains and his preference for long glass and elaborate lighting setups has become his signature style.


  1. Don’t forget that it has the cleanest outhouse ever and change room.
    Also, you are never far from the parking lot if you want to head back to your vehicle anytime during your ride for food or bike repair.

    Plus, there is usually a camp fire going back at the lot to warm up after a chilly wet ride during the fall.

  2. I can only reiterate what has been said above, great place to ride with something for everyone. One of my favourite places to ride.

  3. ^Snot and I have made a couple consecutive yearly trips up there! Usually we get ourselves all turned in circles.

  4. The trails are meant to be one way, so if you don’t see a sign at the trailhead it’s likely not an entrance. That being said it’s not a big deal to ride them backwards, a lot of fun actually. It’s a pretty sweet place to get lost in 🙂

  5. I’ve been riding there at least once a year for the past ten years, awesomely groomed, well thought out trails, good variety of terrain from loam to granite. Mike always greets you with a huge smile on his face, his parents run the KOA campground next door: a good place to stay overnight and ride some more the next morning.

  6. As stated above, this is an awesome place to ride. It is intended for bikes and set up for bikes. You don’t ever have to worry that you are going to run into hikers or horses. The trails are perfectly groomed and there is everything from flat smooth trails to nice rocky climbs and descents. A bit of everything. There is also camping at the KOA camp which is right next door. If one is planning a weekend trip out there, also consider checking out the Torrance Barrens about 15-20 minutes away. Not very well known for biking, but an incredible loop of about 11 km of shield rock. Not particularly difficult, but definitely worth checking out for the sheer beauty of the place.
    Santa’s Village is also close at Bracebridge, but only recommended for advanced riders with lots of fitness and skill.

  7. …and bug spray…

  8. The Barrens is for sure a super cool place to ride.

  9. I keep planning to make it up there. Looks great. Love the rock. Maybe next year?

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