The Ganaraska Forest is an extremely popular destination for horseback riding. With over 11,000 acres of forest to explore it’s no wonder that both local residents and riders from across the province come to the Ganaraska Forest for their trail riding experience. A large parking area designated specifically for horse trailers is located just east of the Ganaraska Forest Centre on the 10th Line of the Municipality of Port Hope and provides direct access to the Central Forest trials. Horse trailers are not permitted to be unloaded at the Forest Centre. Ganaraska Forest Equestrian Use FAQ - developed in partnership with the Ganaraska Forest Horse Club.
If a quiet stroll in the forest to commune with nature is what you enjoy, the Ganaraska Forest has plenty to offer. Our walking trails are designed to appeal to all abilities of hikers and pass through a scenic landscape of rolling hills and mixed forest. A variety of wildlife can be seen while hiking in the forest including white tailed deer, wild turkey, birds of prey and songbirds.
Grab your bike, load up with plenty of water, hit the trails in the Ganaraska Forest and be prepared for a few challenges. We offer hundreds of kilometres of twisting, turning, hill-climbing single track trails and logging roads. You will need a whole summer to explore the forest.
The CMHA's Dirty Enduro EPIC Tail is a 60 km mountain bike trail that winds its way through some of the most beautiful woodlands of the majestic Ganaraska Forest. The route retains its prestigious EPIC Trail designation from the International Mountain Bike Association by meeting or exceeding all minimum standards, including being a demanding, mostly single track adventure through a natural setting. CMHA's Dirty Enduro EPIC Trail is one of only three of its kinds in Canada and celebrates a true backcountry riding experience that is technically and physically challenging; often defined as the best of the best mountain bike trails.
Hunters from across Ontario venture into the Ganaraska Forest throughout the year. Ganaraska Forest users should be aware that hunting is permitted in the West and East Forest areas as well as part of the Central Forest area. Forest maps indicate the no hunting zone within the Central Forest.
Take a ride and explore the many kilometres of trails and logging roads in the Ganaraska Forest. A number of parking areas located at popular entry points provide a variety of routes waiting to be explored. Be sure to pick up a copy of our detailed forest trail map. (Note: Some portions of the forest restrict motorized use.)