One of the primary roles of the County Forests is to provide for a range of passive recreational pursuits for County residents and tourists alike. Many studies have shown substantial benefits to the health and well-being of those who spend time in our natural environment; be it more active pursuits or simply enjoying nature. Distributed throughout the County, the many forest tracts provide an opportunity for residents to enjoy these benefits close to home.
A Recreation Policy and Recreation Bylaw is in place to ensure that all responsible users of the forest are able to continue to enjoy their recreational pursuits. Please obey all signs, respect the forest, other users and neighbouring property owners, and enjoy your visit to the Simcoe County Forests.
Note that the County Forests are working forests; not parks. No facilities or garbage receptacles are provided so please plan accordingly. Sustainable timber harvesting is done on a rotating basis and could happen at any time of year and within any forest tract. Plan your recreational pursuit with this in mind and use the forestry mapping application to see where scheduled harvesting is taking place.
Non-motorized recreational pursuits are welcome throughout the forests. Motorized trail riding is permitted ONLY on designated trails with a valid club membership and ONLY within some forest tracts. Please see below for further information on permitted and non-permitted activities and visit the individual links for detailed information.
- This information found on http://www.simcoe.ca (October 20th, 2016)