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posted July 12th, 2015
Meaford mountain biking, part 5

Here it is, the final instalment in our mountain biking discovery tour.

Sawmill Trails, Hepworth (45-minute drive)

These mountain bike trails are maintained and used a lot by members of the Owen Sound Cycling Club. A 9 kilometre network of single- and double-track trails with lots of ups and downs, some nice flowing sections, and tight and twisty corners makes for a well-rounded short ride. The area is largely pine forest, and it’s quite sandy – which means it can get tough in spots when it’s dry, but is great all-weather riding all season long. Access from the parking lot on the NE side of Highway 6, less than 2 kilometres north of Shallow Lake.

Blue Mountain (20-minute drive)

From the Village at Blue, you can choose a couple of mountain-biking options. With a cross-country trail pass, you get a one-time gondola ride to the top, at which point you can access the trail network at the top of the mountain and eventually work your way down. Or if you’d rather avoid all that criss-crossing of rugged terrain at the top and downhill sounds better, opt for a downhill pass, and go up and down as much as you like, tackling the numerous challenging downhill runs. Sound easy? Guess again.

posted July 8th, 2015
Meaford mountain biking, part 4

West Rocks (30-minute drive)

The 222-acre West Rocks Management Area in Owen Sound offers some great trail riding with sections for all levels of rider. You’ll discover an upland hardwood forest blanketed in a variety of fern species. Every so often, the escarpment emerges from the forest affording great views of the surrounding area. And as the riders who created the video below point out on their tour of the trails, “one very interesting (and quite scary feature) is the huge cracks in the rock base of the escarpment. These cracks range from just a few inches to almost two feet wide and can appear bottomless.”

There’s access at points off 7th Avenue West near 8th Street, near the end of 9th Street W, and at the parking lot north of the 5th Concession Georgian Bluffs north of Grey Road 5.

Harrison Park/Inglis (30 minutes)

While you’re in Owen Sound, check out the trails at Harrison Park and Inglis Falls. Areas of the trail system are open to cyclists, but please watch for hikers. Beginning at Harrison Park, ride up along the Sydenham River until you reach scenic Inglis Falls – a perfect spot for a mid-ride snack or picnic. Then it’s time to enjoy the mainly downhill ride back to the Park.