SINGLE TRACK TRAILS
AN ADRENALINE-PUMPING EXPERIENCE
by Carolyn Richards
What happens when you let a dirt bike rider loose on 100 acres with some equipment and tell him to have some fun? You get new single track trails!
We know it’s getting later in the year and there’s only a few months left to the riding season but get ready to rev up your engines and embrace the thrill of off-road adventure, because we are thrilled to announce the grand opening of our brand-new Dirt Bike Trails! Whether you’re an experienced rider or a newcomer to the world of dirt biking, our trails offer an adrenaline-pumping experience amidst breathtaking natural beauty.
The team at KATVA and KORMA have opened up new single track trails in the 5 points trail system in Peterborough County. A short drive from Crystal Lake, the property owned by Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) only had one small trail that was built previously for the Corduroy Enduro, otherwise the property has been left untouched since we purchased it in 2019. Described by the trail builder “I am amazed on the size and beauty of it”, this property is perfect for off-road trails.
Last year the team at KATVA decided it was time to invest some funds into our property and build some new trails for our Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle (KORMA) members to ride. In fact, since KORMA is an associate club of the OFTR this means that all OFTR members in Ontario benefit and get to enjoy these new trails.
Built on Canadian Shield in a remote and dense forest surrounded by crown land, these trails will be a challenge even to some of the most seasoned riders. These trails provide an exhilarating and immersive riding experience through natural landscapes. These trails are designed to cater to off-road enthusiasts and offer a thrilling adventure amidst the beauty of the wilderness. Expect a mix of rugged terrain features such as rocks, tree roots, mud puddles, and uneven ground. Riders must navigate these obstacles skillfully, making forest trails more challenging than smooth, groomed double track trails.
Portions of the trails in the forest feature technical sections, which demand advanced riding skills. These may include tight turns, rocky passages, log crossings, and elevation changes. As you ride through the forest, you’ll likely encounter scenic viewpoints where you can pause to take in and enjoy serene moments in the wilderness. These trails will provide you with an opportunity to take a timeout and connect with nature. You might even encounter some wildlife in your travels.
You have to be a member of the OFTR to enjoy these trails. As a member you have access to the RideOFTR app and these new trails have already been downloaded to the app so they should be easy to find. Just look for the fire access road that heads south from Crystal Lake road and you can’t miss the parking area.
Don’t forget to gear up with the appropriate safety equipment, including helmets, gloves, and protective clothing. Your safety is essential, and as always we recommend that you ride with at least one buddy.
For more information about ATV, SxS and dirt bike trails, reach out to us www.katva.ca.