Universal Trails

Northumberland County Forest has two universal trails, one at Carstairs Forest and one at the Beagle Club Trailhead.

These trails are different from others in the County Forest because they have a sturdy, level surface on which to travel, made with a gravel base and limestone screening. Benches are also available at rest areas along the trail so no one has to go more than 364 m before finding a place to rest.

Our goal in creating this trail was to minimize barriers to accessibility and meet or exceed accessibility guidelines and regulations. We wanted to make recreational opportunities in the forest accessible to more members of our community.

Carstairs Trail

1178 Bowmanton Road, Roseneath

The Carstairs Universal Trail is 3.2 km overall, with four possible loops – the smallest being 750 m and the longest being 2.2 km. The grades are gentle and the tread is over 2 m wide. There are also over 40 interpretive signs that describe rare trees in Ontario.

The Carstairs Trailhead has a designated accessible parking space.

View the Carstairs Trails Brochure

Beagle Club Heritage Trail

180 Beagle Club Road, Harwood

The Heritage Trail at the Beagle Club Trailhead is a 1 km long universal trail.

Winter use: Please note from December 1 to March 31, the Beagle Club Trails are open for cross-country skiing only.

View the Beagle Club Trail Brochure

Porcupine Trail 

7363 County Road 45, Roseneath 

The Porcupine Trail at the Woodland Trailhead is a 1 km long universal trail with a wide, smooth granular surface and gradual slopping grades. The trail features interpretive signs and resting benches along the route. 

View the Porcupine Trail Brochure