Trail is open to public year round. It is used by hikers, cyclists, naturalists, skiers and equestrians. The trail which is 22 km long extends from Wilson Point Road to Coldwater; it is part of the Trans Canada Trail.
The trail was originally used to transport grain from the prairies to the markets of Europe. Wheat came by ship from Thunder Bay to Port McNicoll, then by train via Uhthoff and Orillia en route to the Atlantic. At peak season, four trains per hour would pass along the route.
Passenger service stopped in 1965 and the railway line was abandoned in 1985. In 1988, the land for the first half of the trail from one half mile south of the Uhthoff Quarry to Coldwater was sold by the CPR. This purchase was financed by the Township of Severn, Orillia Naturalists Club, Orillia and District Snowmobile Club, and the Trans Canada Trail.
The surface is crushed limestone which is quite good for most types of bicycles. There are some benches but no comfort stations. Please keep on the trail and do not trespass on neighbouring private property. Leave wildflowers and wildlife undisturbed for others to enjoy. Be careful of poison ivy.
The Township of Severn has established the Uhthoff Trail Committee. If you have any questions or comments regarding the trail please contact the Township of Severn Administration Office.
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