Old Muskoka Trail

South River

Photo Credit: Forgotten Trails Association


The Old Muskoka Trail follows along part of the original Muskoka Road. This part of the road was abandoned when other roads, which were easier to travel, were built in Machar Township. Gently rolling hills move from lowland, spruce-dominated conifer forest at either end of the trail to deciduous forest at the central highlands.

Trail conditions in recent years have deteriorated as a result of vehicular traffic using the trail in the wet season.

With limited volunteer capacity, the Forgotten Trail Association has not been able to maintain the trail to a standard that would be comfortable for all hikers.

Ownership Municipal Road Allowance
Management Forgotten Trails Association
Length 2.0 km
Level of Development Minimally Developed
Surface Compacted Soil

Rules for Use

  • do not throw garbage into the forest or along the trails
  • for the health of the wildlife and your own safety, please do not feed wildlife
  • please respect ‘No Trespassing’ signs on adjacent private property and follow the trails as marked
  • the hunting of moose, deer, and bear is popular in this area during the fall, so for your own protection, when using trails during the hunting season, consider it essential to wear bright clothing


From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head south on HWY 11 for about 55 km to the Exit for Hwy 124 at South River. Turn right (west) at Ottawa Street and then right on Eagle Lake Road. Turn right again on Old Muskoka Road.

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One response to “Old Muskoka Trail”

  1. Discovery Routes says:

    Comments Received via Email from a Trail User: We visited the trail on Thanksgiving weekend and were so disappointed to see this was another walking trail, completely ruined from obvious ATV use. The trail was dug out from the obvious constant use of atvs; rocks sticking out everywhere and huge hollowed out sections now filled with water, from the tires eroding away all the soil, and exposing rocks and roots, and leaving a path that is not walkable at all. It was flooded because of the huge depressions in the land now holding pools of water from the off road vehicles.

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The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.