Hiking and cycling options abound in Quinte West. Natural and groomed trails of every terrain offer opportunities for relaxing strolls or more vigorous fitness adventures.
This is an 8.5 km gravel walking and jogging trail located on the south side of 8 Wing CFB Trenton, which runs along the Bay of Quinte’s picturesque shoreline. The start and finish of the trail are located just southeast of the South Side Gymnasium.
Discover “Trenton’s Mountain” located just off Dufferin Avenue. This is great for walking, hiking, and biking. Climb the observation deck for a panoramic view of Quinte West’s waterways and surrounding countryside.
This 25-acre park is located southeast of the intersection of Highway 14 and Bird Road. The park is hilly and heavily wooded with a mixture of hardwood and pine trees. There are marked trails throughout the park. There is a parking lot for visitors and a picnic shelter with tables adjacent to an open meadow with benches — suitable for extensive group outdoor activities.
It is located in Centennial Park, Couch Crescent, in Trenton. Enjoy the calming effects of the Bay of Quinte and the stunning view as you travel this scenic route through the park, which links to downtown Trenton.
The Waterfront Trail makes its way into Quinte West along County Road 64 and branches off to parallel the 5.4 km historic Murray Canal. This section of the trail intersects with Hwy 33, also known as the Loyalist Parkway Heritage Route, and links to the multi-use Millenium Trail, crossing Prince Edward County. The Waterfront Trail heads north and directly into downtown Trenton.
This central 42-acre public park offers well-marked nature trails. The trail is located on the corner of Film Street and Creswell Drive, Trenton. Enjoy a deep woods experience on this trail in the forest any time of the year. This trail is excellent for walking, hiking, off-road cycling, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. See Mother Nature at her very best.
Located in Frankford, along North Trent Street, Bata Island’s entrance can be found opposite Huffman Road. A walkway leads into the mostly forested park, with trails splitting off that loop the island. Bata Island Trail offers peaceful trails with lots of birds and small animals to watch. It is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Compass Court, at the base of the bridge in downtown Trenton, is a waterfront green space that welcomes transient boaters to stretch their legs, dine and enjoy downtown shopping with its free day docking. The fueling and pump-out stations for the Trent Port Marina are also located here.
Running through rural and urban areas of Quinte West, The Lower Trent Trail is a 17 km rail trail connecting the communities of Glen Miller and Glen Ross. A maximum grade of 2.5° and limestone granular surface make the majority of this non-motorized trail accessible and cycle-friendly. The trail provides access to loop trails at Bata Island, Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area, and the Batawa Riverfront Trail, a multi-use 2 km loop that hugs the shoreline of the Trent River and connects visitors to the rustic highland and grassland trails of Batawa. Parking is provided at Lock Road and Bleasdell Boulder in Glen Miller, Plant Street and Perry Drive in Batawa, and Mill Street in Frankford, with trail access also available at several road crossings along the route.
This trail is located on the east side of the Trent River between the two bridges on Ontario Street in Trenton. Developed in 2001 through a partnership between the Kiwanis Club and the City, there is a paved 3 m full trail with upgraded parking and landscaping. There is a new boat launch here for powerboats and river access is also available via a low dock provided by the Trenton Rowing and Paddling Club for non-motorized watercraft.
This 3 km crushed stone trail starts at the Boat Launch at 441 Front St. (beside Century 21); this trail takes you up to Lock 1 of the Trent-Severn Waterway. The path is perfect for walking, hiking or biking, not to mention boat watching. It is a particular favourite for boaters who want to stretch their legs onshore.
This crushed stone 1.5 km round trip trail will take you directly to the Bleasdell Boulder, which sits as a silent testament to the glacial forces that brought it to this location. You will pass through a variety of forest types and will cross over Big Boulder Creek. Located north of the 401 in Glen Miller and Hwy 33, this well-groomed trail makes for a pleasant and scenic stroll. The trail links to the Lower Trent Trail.
To respect all user types, it is essential to follow these basic rules:
- Share the trails and always announce your intent to pass.
- Only use marked trails and follow the signs.
- Stop for traffic where trails cross streets.
- Stay on trails to avoid damaging nearby vegetation or lake and creek banks.
- Leave plants and small creatures in their natural habitats.
- Use waste bins or carry your litter home.
- Respect the privacy of people living adjacent to trails
- Keep your pet on a leash and pick up after your dog.
Your cooperation will help protect our trails and improve everyone’s experience.
Waterfront trail masterplan
The City of Quinte West has initiated a waterfront trail masterplan project.
The projects aim to deliver a design for a future waterfront trail system within the municipality. This system would increase recreational access to the city’s prime waterfronts and create active and accessible linkages between recreational facilities and local destinations. This project’s initial phase focuses on the waterfront in and around city hall in Trenton, providing a continuous linked trail and recreation system from the Cenotaph to the west of the Trent Port Marina. Future phases envisage the continuation of the path westwards along the former rail bed to the Murray Canal. The design standards established by design can be replicated elsewhere in the municipality.
Download the initial design concept illustrations here.