Mansfield Outdoor Center - TRAIL

Mansfield Outdoor Center - Trail, Mansfield, Ontario

A fast, challenging and technical course. Climbs are short and steep and so are the descents. Host to the annual O-Cup race ( IMHO, a race any non-racer type should do [I don't work for MOC or WOW] ).

User Reviews (15)

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switchman   Cross Country Rider [Oct 17, 2008]

I live in these woods and ride a couple times a week ever since moving up here a couple year ago... This is the third season and I still cannot get enough of this place. Not rocky rooty technical, Sweet flowing single tracks that go on forever between with some awd drops and tettar, Log ride .The Dufferin County forest and Mansfield combined 1900+ar. to play in. You can miss some great trails in there if you not looking. Fun Factor is relative to speed, Your going to need to pedal in here....Watch out during hunting season!

Customer Service

Park at the top of the hill, turn right as you enter, Park just before the gate. Go south through log cut, Hit little booter take your first right, follow the most used trail and your good... When you get to a T in the road where a tree has a painted red arrow pointing to the right.... Go left!!! This is the lolly pop junction to watch for it on the way out or you will be going around in circles... There are outs all over the place and back doors that you will have to find.... If you ask me nice I may show you...,,,, but endless sweet single track

Similar Products Used: The Happy Trail.......
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5
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4
reh   Racer [Apr 30, 2007]

Challenging mix of single and doubletrack. Lot of climbs, nothing really technical. Good place for a race. There were a few climbs that I had to walk up, and a couple that I am not sure I would have ever been able to ride up. Sandy and dry, very picturesque.

Customer Service

I did the 2007 O-cup xc #1. Weather was perfect. Course is dry and sandy. My ride was completely clean after 2 laps.

Not sure what the arrangement is here when there is no racing, if one can ride here whenever. There are private property signs. But, most likely I am guessing it is okay and that this is a campground sort of place.

Race was very nicely managed. I am not sure how I finished, I am really too out of shape to be competing, but what the hay.

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4
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4
noonievut   Weekend Warrior [May 16, 2004]

Road the trail in the middle of May, and when other trails were still quite wet this trail was bone dry. I road the blue (intermediate/advanced) and was very happy with it has a relative newb to MB. Lot's of soft ups/downs, mostly singletrack, even a few stunts. Only complain is the markings...they were almost perfect but I got lost once and could never find my way back. I had to ride the black (expert) trails, which I walked 1/2 the time. Lot's of other riders had the same comments.

Customer Service

If you're new to singletrack, the blue is fun and challenging.

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4
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4
Fred Adams   Cross Country Rider [Mar 11, 2004]

This is a great place to ride. Its not the cheapst but its very competeitve (way less than hardwood) and its closer for me too (coming from toronto). Lots of challenging trails, well maintained, in my opinion the best place to ride in southern Ontario.

Customer Service

Check out the yellow trail, and the black, both are great, sections of the yellow are used in ontario cup races frequently.

Similar Products Used: hardwood (pretty good, but not as great), kelso (cheaper and closer to toronto, but not even close in terms of quality).
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5
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4
Mike   [Feb 20, 1999]

Forget Kelso, Mansfiled is Da Bomb. Okay, I've only ridden this trail during the annual O-Cup race ( in 97 and 98 ) and have yet to explore what else it has to offer. But the course is amazing - there are no long ardous climb but short little climb that goes on and on and between these climbs are short and technical ( and way, way too much sand ) descent. I guess it would be fun for trail riding since the course are well groomed ( not overtly ) and well designed for both advanced riders and beginner alike.

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4
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Ricksom   [Mar 31, 1999]

I would rate this the 3rd best trail site after Hardwood Hills and Dagmar/Durham Forest in central southern Ontario.
Trails range from easy double track to challenging roller coaster single track. Ground is generally packed sandy loam, which makes it safe for hard wipe outs and challenging around hard corners. A few sections very tight and technical. The expert sections have some very fun lumpy and bumpy sections where you have to concentrate on a good line to avoid obstacles.
I find that I am mainly going uphill on these trails, and therefore these are good trails for building fitness and stamina (soft ground makes the going tougher too). Good training site for racers. Not much relaxing fast cruiser trails here, and some downhill sections are a thriller.
As a comparison, this place is way better than Kelso which I would rate as an intermediate haven.

Overall, a great place for mountain bikers to hang out and relax with friendly, attitude-less fellow bikers. However, not much action here like Hardwood Hills.
Make sure you talk to the Australian trail designer. Very cool and enthusiastic mate.

Customer Service

Airport Road north from Toronto past highway #89.
Just past the town of Mansfield.
Look carefully for sign on right side.

Similar Products Used: Apparently if you drive 1 or 2 kms further north up Aiport Road, and turn right into a dirt road, you will get access to other trails on public land.
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4
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beau   [Jul 30, 1999]

this is one of the best places iv ever ridden, some great climbs and killer decents, and fred the race organizer does a great job as does jacko ( the trail designer )

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5
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Matt   [Dec 01, 1999]

Excellent place!! Ride it!
I'm not too fond of the race courses there - they're always the same! However, just riding around you can find some pretty sweet obstacles and jumps, not to mention kick-ass descents.

Customer Service

Ride to the top, then ride around and explore

Similar Products Used: Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
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4
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P Glassford   [Feb 09, 2000]

The ride in Mansfield is well worth the 7 doller trail fee. While there is not an excess of roots and rocks their are many climbs and descents that are made difficult by sheer pitch and loose soil. Mansfield is located 10km North of HWY89 on Airport RD.

Customer Service

The Green trail is the most technical but for a good training ride the red proviedes an excellent selection of technical and open sections.

Similar Products Used: Mono Cliffs, Dufferin County Forest.
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5
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Morty   [May 29, 2000]

I rode this route for fun for the first time this weekend. I raced it two years ago when it hadn't rained for what seemed like a month before and it was dry... very, very dry. Was a miserable ride.

My most recent ride though was great. I like to see trails that are maintained by the park. There were no hikers to hit and most of the fast, blind corner downhills had signs on them saying one way (mostly down), it means you don't have to worry about whats over the next hill you're about to jump.

The trails were alittle disappointing in that there was very little technical, not many rocks or tough logs. Maybe I missed them. Alot of leaves on the ground though. Alot of breaking bumps also, my friend on the rigid was hurting afterwards.

Overall this is a great course and worth the extra drive from Toronto. I will definately be returning.

Customer Service

Take the 427 north to highway 7. West on 7, north on Goreway road until it ends at highway 9 (I believe), west on 9 to Airport road, north on Airport until you hit Mansfield (not literally of course). This route is alittle more scenic with less travel through towns (less lights).

Similar Products Used: Albion Hills (new trails opened), Kelso, all of Waterloo.
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3
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