Woodstock Pines MTB, Township Road 4, Woodstock, ON, Canada
Driving time from Burlington
Driving time from London
Mountain biking trails
Cycling has deep roots in Woodstock, and has been kept alive by a passionate community of riders. The Pines is owned and operated by the Woodstock Cycling Club, which dates back to the early 1900s. Currently the park has around 14km of designated trails rated by difficulty – enough for a day’s worth of biking. Note: to ride at The Pines, you’ll need to be a club member. There’s a $10 day pass for sale on the club’s website as well as season passes available at a discounted rate.
Trail 354 is about 2km in total and is rated as a blue trail (moderate), so it’s a great place to hone your skills and practice. On average, it takes about seven minutes to complete and will result in about 60m of vertical change. Ride through fast switchbacks on built-up berms that let you lean your bike hard into corners, pump it to the next one and repeat. But avoid biking during wet conditions as traction is diminished and erosional effects are multiplied.
Up your game with these events
The Woodstock Cycling Club puts on a number of events each season. They organize scheduled rides and youth mountain biking programs – a popular recent addition. You can also join them at demo days where members are able to test the latest and greatest on the trails. Looking for a challenge? Their annual Dairy Capital Stampede 6-hour relay race has been going strong for 18 years.
Give back to the cycling community
If you want a new way to connect with the trails at The Pines, join the club for one of their trail maintenance days. Several of these run throughout the year in conjunction with the Upper Thames Conservation Authority to keep trails safe, accessible and exciting. When you spend time working on a trail, you’ll always remember the section you worked on every time you ride it.