Ride All Day in Dufferin Grey

Your guide to the region

Partnerships bring benefits.

This rings true with the announcement that five townships in the South Western section of Ontario have all passed bylaws in favour of ATVs in their regions. This great news provides a significant boost to the Dufferin Grey ATV Club (DGATV) trail system.

Specifically, Dufferin County has passed a bylaw in favour of ATVs in Melancthon Township, and Grey County has passed a bylaw for ATVs in South Grey, Grey Highlands, West Grey, Chatsworth and Georgian Bluffs Township. In respect to these bylaws, DGATV has developed trails involving five of these townships for ATV enthusiasts to enjoy.

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Group ride, Canada Day 2012, on the Dufferin Grey trail system

Open from May 1 until  November 30 annually, the trunk of the DGATV trail is the 83 km of the CP trail that runs from Dundalk to Chatsworth offering a fantastic ride through the beautiful area of Grey County. Along this trunk there are three branches that will lead you onto three different types and lengths of trail riding options. The most southern trail is 80 km in and around Melancthon and Southgate Township.  This very interesting ride leaves the town of Dundalk, and includes the unique wind turbines found around the town of Shelburne; bring your camera on this one, there will be some breathtaking views!

Another option runs approximately 120 km in length through the scenic Beaver Valley, Eugenia and Ceylon areas. This main trail was developed first and is known as the Beaver Valley trail.  The most northern trail is known as the Chatsworth trail. It is approximately 85 km in length and tours through the far area of Chatsworth Township.

For something different, the Hoath Head ATV trail is located on 500 acres of private land near Rockford, and contains numerous trails that you can ride and enjoy during an entire day. Keeping it interesting, one trail is marked as a high level of difficulty for the very experienced riders, with the remainder of the trails being very family oriented. Plan a picnic and bring the family to this private location. This trail also stays open during the winter months for a truly Canadian ATV experience.

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A winter ride on the Hallman trail (Dufferin Grey Trail System)

When visiting, the DGATV trail system can be reached by their parking lot on Road 120 west just south of Markdale. You can enter onto the CP trail and go either direction to travel through the beautiful Beaver Valley just beside the Talisman Ski Hills. Tour Old Baldy scenic lookout and visit the Emporium in Eugenia before touring on to Ceylon and visiting the Old Country Store. You can also park in Eugenia at the Top O’ The Rock restaurant on Sunday and Monday at the Magee’s Gas Bar on Highway 4 just east of Flesherton or at Chapman’s parking lot on county Road 12 west of Markdale to complete this trail.

There are numerous accommodations and camp grounds in the area that welcome and accommodate ATVers. There are many great restaurants in the area and groceries can be obtained at several local stores.

For more information and information on trails, please contact info@dgatv.ca or by phoning 1-519-599-6889.

About Mark Hamerton

Ontario facinates me; the farther I go in the bush, the more I feel at home. I love showing people new riding areas, and the countless stunning locations you can get to on an ATV.

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