One of the newest gems to discover in Almonte is a 4.2 km recreational trail for hiking, mountain biking and skiing through the forest along the Mississippi River. Andy and Glenna Brown and Bryn and Gaye Matthews have graciously given access across their private land to make this trail possible.
The trail runs from Strathburn St. in Almonte to the end of James Naismith Way downriver. Parking is available at both ends. The Almonte trailhead is at the midpoint of Strathburn St. and runs straight through the cornfield. After looping around the farmer’s field, you’ll reach a parking lot at the farmhouse. Continue straight across the pavement (towards the river) and you’ll see the trail pick up on the far side. The James Naismith Way trailhead starts at the turnaround. Enter the private lane into the field and immediately turn right. Follow the fence line all the way down the edge of the field to where you’ll see the trail enter the woods. The main trail is marked with blue flagging and a short side loop is marked in green.
Access is provided at your own risk. No motorized vehicles. The path is narrow and rough in places and not suitable for strollers. The route has been designed for mountain biking and is fun and flowy, although some sections are more technical and are not recommended for inexperienced riders.
A Google map of the route is available here:
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For more information, please contact Jordan Smith.