The Thornton Cookstown Trans Canada Trail is a 14 km shared use trail (walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling) between the villages of Thornton and Cookstown, Ontario. This railtrail travels through green pasture land and forests, and crosses the Cookstown Creamery Creek six times.
The trail offers a scenic walk or ride to anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. See how the colours change daily as wildflowers take turns to display their magnificent blooms. You may also see wildlife, such as deer, beavers, rabbits, raccoons, porcupines, foxes, groundhogs, turtles and all kinds of birds. A lot of beaver activity is visible just south of Essa 5 Sideroad. In both Cookstown and Thornton the trailbed has been upgraded with limestone screenings, or power-raked to make the trail accessible to all Ontarians.
A small sidetrail just north of Cookstown makes for a great 2 km fully accessible trail loop. Visitors to the trail can enjoy a picnic along the way or stop at one of the restaurants, tea rooms or ice cream parlors. There are several shops and boutiques open in Cookstown for shopping and antique hunting. The 9 km situated between Thornton and Cookstown can be walked in about 2 hours. Dog walkers are reminded pick up after their pets. Horses are only allowed on the Innisfil section of the trail.
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