The Lynn Valley Trail is a 10-kilometre (6.2 mi) trail connecting Simcoe, Ontario, Canada to Port Dover.[1]


Both destinations are historic small towns with rustic central business areas. This trail meets with the Lynn River in certain places. It follows a former railbed through Carolinian forest.[2] Edible things to eat found along the trail include wild strawberries, wild raspberries, and blackberries.[3] Nighttime use of the trail is prohibited and only pedestrians and bicycles may use the trail at any time.[4] Privacy laws prevent the climbing of fences and gates leading to private property as a part of respecting the residents that live along the trail.[4]

Farm animals are not to be disturbed if found in or around the trail as they are considered a part of the farmer's private property.[4]

Considered to be an easy trail, the Lynn Valley Trail is 8 kilometres long and can be used year-round. Recommended activities include cross-country skiing, cycling, walking, and hiking. Running is not recommended because of the number of people using the trail on a daily basis. The trail is made of compacted soil and is surrounded by forests. Mosquito repellent is recommended between the months of June and October.[5]

At least 77 species of birds have been discovered here between 2015 and 2019; including the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, the Yellow Warbler, and the Red-winged Blackbird.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Port Dover to Simcoe". iDirect. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  2. ^ Teasdale, Shirley (2000). Hiking Ontario's Heartland (Second ed.). Vancouver, British Columbia: Whitecap Books. p. 184. ISBN 1-55285-088-9.
  3. ^ "Doverwood student project". Nornet. Archived from the original on October 19, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  4. ^ a b c "Lynn Valley Trail Simcoe-Port Dover". Kwic. Archived from the original on 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  5. ^ Lynn Valley Trail information at Ontario Trails
  6. ^ "Bird Counts for the Lynn Valley Trail". eBird. Retrieved 2019-05-22.

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