Grab Your Bike And Check Out The Best Places to Ride in Huntsville and Lake of Bays!

There’s never been a better time to explore Huntsville, Lake of Bays, and Algonquin Park on two wheels.

While it’s always been a great place to ride the backroads and park trails, a new trail system has ramped up your ride potential. Enjoy stellar views of North Muskoka’s sparkling lakes and rivers, beautiful mixed forests (especially spectacular in the fall), and rugged, rocky landscape.

If you love to ride, check out what these trails in Huntsville, Lake of Bays, and Algonquin Park have to offer.

Hidden Valley Mountain Bike Trails

The newest entry to Huntsville’s mountain-biking scene, the public multi-use trails at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area are an exciting addition for cycling enthusiasts.

Expect to find a range of features packed into the 5 km of public trails — mostly single-track — over a variety of terrain including forested tracks and wide-open meadows, and descents as fun to come down as they are to go up. Be sure to pause your ride to take in the gorgeous view of Peninsula Lake. 

The trails, built and maintained by the Huntsville Mountain Bike Association, are open from May 1 to October 31 and are free to use. An additional 5 km of trails are available on the adjacent Deerhurst Resort property for HMBA members and Deerhurst guests.

The Hidden Valley trails are just a 10-minute drive from downtown Huntsville. See a trail map here:

Hidden Valley Mountain Bike Trails

Arrowhead Provincial Park

A short drive north of Huntsville you’ll find two challenging trails at Arrowhead Provincial Park. The multi-use Arrowhead Lake Trail (4.5 km) circles beautiful Arrowhead Lake for a double-track, family-friendly ride. The single-track multi-use Lookout Trail (3 km) takes you through a mature forest with views over the park.

Bike rentals are available at the Visitor Centre.

An Ontario Parks permit is required to access these trails.

Algonquin Provincial Park

Three trails in world-renowned Algonquin Provincial Park ranging from moderate family-friendly rides to rugged terrain for experienced riders only offer up an unparalleled experience for cyclists.

Take a leisurely ride on the Old Railway BIke Trail, a 16-km trail that follows the abandoned bed of the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway. Enjoy it in the spring, summer and fall, or return in the winter for something different: fat-biking! Don’t have your own ride? Summer bike rentals are available in the park beside the Lake of Two Rivers store.

The Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail, with trail loops ranging from 4.7 km to 32.2 km long, is for experienced mountain bikers only. Expect steep, rugged terrain, often muddy and full of rocks, roots, and other obstacles. Open from late June through mid-October.

At the south end of the park, the moderately difficult 6.5-km Byers Lake Mountain Bike Trail (13 km round-trip) is open from spring through fall. Access it from the Kingscote Access Point near Harcourt ON.

An Ontario Parks permit is required to access these trails.

Algonquin Park Fat Bike

Need a ride?

If you need a new ride, want to rent one for the day, or yours needs some TLC, Huntsville’s three bike shops have got you covered.

Algonquin Outfitters offers summer rentals at its Lake of Two Rivers store in Algonquin Park, or winter fat-bike rentals from its Downtown Huntsville location. You can also get your ride tuned at the pro shop in Huntsville, or take home a new bike.

Muskoka Bicycle Pro Shop on Huntsville’s Main Street has new bikes for all ages, or they can fix up your old favourite.

The Bike Shop in Huntsville, near the junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 60, can also repair your ride or get you set up with a new one. Call them to check on the availability of rentals, too.

And after a day spent riding the trails and backroads of Huntsville, Lake of Bays, and Algonquin Park, be sure to check out the local eateries and shops for great food, drinks and supplies!

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