I was recently told about a trail that runs from the end of Carlyon Line (which is north of Orillia) up to the Trent Severn waterway. Thinking it'd be fun to explore, I took a ride up it this morning with my Jamis Nova cross bike.
For any Orillia area cyclists who think they might want to try this, the above map shows where you're going. It was fine on a cross bike, but it'd be better on a mountain bike. It's about 20 km one way to the Trent-Severn waterway (from the end of Carlyon Line).
And before I get to the photos, here's a short video taken on the trail:
From the beginning to the end of the ride, here are some photos from the day's ride (if you click on the photos, you'll be taken to enlarged versions over on Flickr):
A river wandering through farmland on my journey north out of town.
Looking south and taking a picture of Carlyon Line.
Marsh about halfway up the trail to the waterway.
Liftlock on the Trent Severn - also the end of my trip. This is looking west... low water.
Looking east(ish) from the Liftlock - high water.
Part of the dusty trail - with a poor man's switchbacks.
Most of the way back down Carlyon Line heading towards Orillia - horses in the shade. Really only stopped to take the photo cause I was fighting a headwind and needed a breather. : 0
This is called the Uhthoff Trail - it always feels like it is within the city limits (this stretch is only 3km from my house) but it is just barely outside of Orillia. Still... when I've reached this point I'm pedalling easy knowing I'm almost home.
Jamis is in the backyard and I'm just about to walk into the shower with all my clothes on.