BuckWallow Cycling Center - Trail, Gravenhurst/Muskoka District, Ontario

BuckWallow Cycling Center - Trail, Gravenhurst/Muskoka District, Ontario

DESCRIPTION

Very firm doubletrack x-country ski trails with numerous single track sections veering off along the way. Weave in and out from one to the other thru lovely mixed forest. Work thru the single track then exit onto the double to get cooled off! Warm-up hut/shelter and comfort stations at various junctions. Trails exceptionally well maintained ( met owner out with leafblower cleaning trails one day!!) with trails for every skill level. Campground and store nearby.

15K loop of hard-packed double track ski trails connected to a series of 17 singletrack sections of varying length and difficulty. Lots of choice here, with singletrack ranging from fast and smooth, to downright nasty! Beginner sections include: Eager Beaver, Border Run,Pine Pitch, Short&Sweet. Intermediate sections include: Cliffhanger, Moose Mayhem,I'll Be Buck, Bad Pit, Missing Link, Loam Rider etc. More difficult technical and fitness singletrack includes: Bear Bluff, Do Drop In, Toad Twister, Weasel, and Spur Line. Beautifully maintained trails featuring bridges, rocks, mud, roots and water for those who enjoy the more serious side of the sport; but still offer plenty of beginner style riding to.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 20, 2017]
bettskis
Cross Country Rider

Something for everyone, especially those who love the Canadian Shield. This place never disappoints me. There are more trails for experts than beginners, but there is LOTS for beginners and everyone in between. The signage is excellent. The bathrooms are so clean. And the parking lot is a great place to have a little hang, chat and chill after your ride. Bring bug spray, but I noticed they left some in the comfort station I passed on the outskirts of Mohawk trail (June 17th, morning).

Customer Service

Anything with 3-4-5 hooves. There are no duds here.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 15, 2011]
Rocket66
Weekend Warrior

Wow insane fun!! The whole systems links nicely and very easy to find yourself on all ends of the map in what seems to be no time.. Just cause your having so much fun.. But be careful of the 4 and 5 hoof trails not for the faint of heart. Especially the ones that are noted to be a short distance; this seems to up the intensity dramatically. A great mix of the canadian shield rock an forest trails..

Customer Service

dont really remember the trail names but 1 to 3 hoofs are a sweet rides, that generally flow very nicley..

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7th of Oro, Springwater, Horseshoes Copeland forest

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 08, 2010]
matchine
Weekend Warrior

Rode this on the weekend. Great ride all around. Very technical in areas, but lots of fun. Great variety, allow you to mix and match trails of varying difficulty to make your own single track route off the main connection roads (dual track). Definitely recommend. The owner was very friendly, and went over what the trail had to offer in detail. Very much worth the $10.

Customer Service

All

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 29, 2009]
Rosscoe
Weekend Warrior

A well maintained trail system made up of a variety of difficulty levels and lenghts. They all connect back onto main fire roads. All were a great ride but a little short before you have to connect back to the fire road. Some nice canadian shield rock trails.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 23, 2009]
Farmstrong
Weekend Warrior

OMG! Does X-Country riding get any better than this? I'm sure not! Wow, wow, wow! Hats off to the folks at Buckwallow. I recently got back from Moab, Utah, and I can honestly say that some of the trails (#16, for example) are as good as any sections I rode in Moab, including the Slickrock Trail and Porcupine Ridge. Of course, you can't beat the views in Moab, but that's another story...

Anyhow, Buckwallow rocks! Thank you for a great afternoon of riding!

Customer Service

Do everything! But those five-hoof loops are really, really hard. Too much for me. But gimme a four-hoof loop and I'll play all day! Great slickrock-like challenges. Love it, love it, love it! Also check out #11 and I think #13?

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Three Stage, Hardwood Hills, Don Valley, Albion Hills

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 25, 2008]
techn0canuck
Weekend Warrior

If only I lived closer!
What a whack load of fun this place is.

Agreed with all posts about the great condition maintenance and layout of the trails.
My only complaint is that they are too short! Thats probably cause I'm having a blast.

Customer Service

They're all good but short.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 02, 2007]
Thomas H
Cross Country Rider

We got season passes here last year, we did the trails, all of them several times each time. It is a great place for the family to explore, My dad and I would go ride some harder stuff and my mum, 7 yr old sister and 4 yr old brother would do a ride. Then they would switch. He even had training wheels on and was able to go around most of the double track close to the parking lot, with only a couple pushesup hills. I hope we get back up there again soon when snow melts, wish they had a site to say when it was open etc.

Customer Service

all

Similar Products Used:

Copeland forest, Algonquin park, Swift rapids road

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 27, 2007]
derrick broderick
Cross Country Rider

Its almost two hour drive to this trail from my house, but well worth it. The drive home can seem pretty long though, so you may want to check the KOA Campground next door and get a couple days in.

They greet you when you arive, give you a pass for $7 each and a map. Double track "freeways" extend from top to bottom with trails of various skill levels veering off. Everything is signed and coincides nicely with your map. Trail names like Moose Mayhem, Bad Pitt, I'll be Buck, West D'nile and Do Drop In (toughest) mark the entrance. If it doesn't have a sign, your're riding it backwards, but that seems to be OK too. Hoof prints on the sign and map indicate difficulty. Soon you find yourself saying "Oh, that's a three hoofer" or "A four hoofer, awsesome!"

The terrain is technically challenging. There are no huge climbs. Riding over rock faces is sooo fun and after banging your cranks squeezing through rock openings, you soon learn to modify your riding style slightly and "rachet" your pedals. All trails are fairly brief , dumping you back onto the main trail, where you stop and laugh, have a sip, slap each other on the back and hit another run. Its a full day of this, on superbly maintained trails, well thought out with technical flow throughout. If you're getting tired, hit the easier trais, which really flow! If you're really tired, head back to the parking lot, where you are encouraged to bring your lunch. Atmoshere is very laid back and you will probably talk to fellow bikers, or owner Mike, who will always come over to get your opinion of his work. He's super laid back, but obviously meticulous as his trails and even his change room/outhouse attest. They are the cleanest I've ever seen. When I questioned Mike as to the lack of offensive odour, he gave me a detailed account of how he takes care of that. Of course, I have little knowledge or memory of his techniques.

This is some of the best trail riding I've experienced. At the end of the day, ask Mike where to go for a cooling swim. He can help you with that too. If you like bikes and burrito's try the Mexican restaurant (can't remember the name) just on the northern edge of Gravenhurst on the way back from Buckwallow.

Customer Service

Hit trails like Moose Mayhem, Toad Twister, Weasel and especially Do Drop In earlier in the day when your energy levels are higher. I fell fairly hard on the rocks of West D'Nile on the last ride of the day. Even some double track like Mohawk Trail can be challenging. Its fast and rocky, but really fun. Loam Rider may be my favorite for rocks with flow. This is intermediate level and above. Children won't have much fun, due to limited gears, nerve and power. I took my 11 year old niece, who was disappointed and hindered our ability to ride the tougher trails. This was my fault. I thought she could handle most of it, so if you have child or friend who is new to the sport, don't ask too much of them by taking them here.

Similar Products Used:

Porcupine Ridge - Buckwallow on steriods - advanced technical - less flow, but very fun. Go on a cool to warm day, because you will work hard.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 05, 2007]
hossy
Weekend Warrior

lots of variety here. You start out on a wide road and get a little worried that it's gonna be nice and easy 'bike path' riding.....but that quickly changes. Great maps and layout of the park and good signage. Really hard to get lost in here. I hit it up in July and the black flies were real bad out in the sun.....in the bush they weren't too bad. Definitely put in the bash ring if youa re gonna try some of the harder trails.....I didn't and demo'd my alum outer ring...all natural obstacles....some wicked rock lines...and some real tight switchbacks....owners/staff are super friendly too. Def. worth a trip up here....make it a weeknd!

Similar Products Used:

porcupine ridge...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 07, 2007]
Bogdan
Weekend Warrior

The most fun all-mountain riding I've done in a long time. These trails are meticulously maintained and have excellent flow to them. There are some very technical sections that will wear you out, but they are nicely spaced out with fast, flowy, winding sections in between that allow you to recover without having to stop much. EXCELLENT TRAIL DESIGN! There is more exposed rock face to ride on at Buckwallow than most other well known mtb places in this area of Ontario. If you like drops, there are only 2 worth mentioning that I can remember (about 3' to 4' high). As of October 2006 there were no built stunts/trials obstacles, but apparently that is in the works for the near future. Bottom line: There are probably very few places around that can match Buckwallow for a great day of all-mountain or freeride biking!

Customer Service

Try to ride everything there!!! The first time you go it may take a while to get your bearing and find all the trails. However, once you familiarize yourself with the layout of the park/trails, you can use the trail map provided and plan out a route to cover every trail in a single day's ride. At an average pace you could ride all there is in about 3 to 4 hours.

Similar Products Used:

Porcupine Ridge (Santa's Village) in Bracebridge. Very technical, but has poor flow and you need to take too many brakes ... if you're the type who likes to stay on the bike going up as well as down, you need to have olympic endurance on top of expert technical skills for this place. In my opinion this is a great place to sharpen any aspect of your mountain biking skills, but it's not a fun place for any particular discipline (XC through DH).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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