24 Hour Phone Service: 705-286-1762
Email: pweiss@county.haliburton.on.ca

Haliburton County Rail Trail

24 Hour Phone Service: 705-286-1762
Email: pweiss@county.haliburton.on.ca

Haliburton County Rail Trail

The Haliburton County Rail Trail is owned by the County of Haliburton. Decisions regarding the use of the Rail Trail are made ultimately by County Council.
The County Rail Trail System is maintained by the Haliburton County Public Works Department. Please Report any maintenance issues to:

24 Hour Phone Service: 705-286-1762 / Email: pweiss@county.haliburton.on.ca

Plans for 2018

  • Base improvements to continue south through Locklin to Ritchie Falls Road.
  • Brushing to continue south of Ritchie Falls Rd (clean up) and from CR 1 to Goulds Crossing Rd (danger trees)
  • Deck improvements to Gelert Bridge
  • Gate installation at Francis Rd., Milburn Rd., Geeza Rd. and Howland Crossing Rd.


Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

County of Haliburton Project – 2016 Rehabilitation of the Howland Junction Trestle Bridge

Improvements to the Howland Junction Bridge on the Haliburton County Rail Trail included restoration of the deck platform and redesign of the railing structure with financial support from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Seasonal and Daily Usage Restrictions for Multi-Use Rail Trail Enforced

The County of Haliburton invites joggers, walkers, hikers, horseback riders, ATVers, cyclists and snowmobilers to come on out and experience what the Haliburton County Rail Trail has to offer. Spring is a wonderful time on the Rail Trail as birds are back singing to find a mate and to proclaim their territory, animals are waking up from a long winters rest and flowers are beginning to poke their way through the soil.

The Rail Trail is opened exclusively to non-motorized use April 2nd to May 1st. Non-motorized users such as walkers, joggers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers share the trail with motorized users from May 1st to November 30th between 10:00 am to dusk.

ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) users who hold a permit with the Haliburton or Kawartha ATV Associations are invited to use the Rail Trail from May 1st to November 30th of every year between the hours of 10:00 am and dusk. The trail is ranked as a beginner trail and users are required to obey the speed limit of 30 km/hr.

During the winter months explore this winter wonderland via snowmobile. The trail is reserved exclusively for snowmobile travel between Dec 1-April 1; other means of travel or trail use is NOT permitted on the rail corridor during this time period. Snowmobiles are required to have a current OFSC permit to ride the Rail Trail and must obey the 50 km/hr speed limit. Check the winter trail conditions at www.hcsa.ca before heading out.

Delegation/Special Event requests are required in writing by the third Wednesday of each month for them to be included in the County Council Agenda. Delegation and special permit requests should be forwarded to:

County of Haliburton
c/o Pam Weiss – Administrative Assistant
PO Box 399, 11 Newcastle Street
Minden, ON  K0M 2K0
Phone: 705-286-1762
Email: pweiss@county.haliburton.on.ca

Click here to download the Special Event Permit Application


In 2012 the Rail Trail Ad Hoc Working Group compiled this matrix of recommendations to be used as guidelines for the operation and maintenance of the Haliburton County Rail Trail Corridor – 2012 RAIL TRAIL RECOMMENDATIONS Ad Hoc Working Group

Bylaw 3106 – Rail Trail Usage

Bylaw 3267 Amendment to Bylaw 3106
Rail Trail Master Plan
By Law #3852 Agreement with HATVA 2018
By Law #3853 Agreement with KATVA 2018

Local Trail Organizations