8 – HCRT

HCRT Logo 34 km Linear rail trail (+2 nearby hiking loops) • Between Kinmount and Haliburton, the HCRT, Haliburton County Rail Trail, is the name for the current trail created from the Victoria Railway line which reached the rail’s end in Haliburton Village in 1878.

This historic line is a rare piece of Ontario railway heritage infrastructure – built by hand in the late 1870’s with the aid of horse and wagon, pick axe and dynamite. The spectacularly scenic 34 km HCRT has been the catalyst for this Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) concept. Our original inspiration was simply to position the HCRT at the heart of a destination Greenway, but one thing led to another and it has evolved into a major provincial partnership project with international connections. We’re thrilled by this development! It will be an exciting journey over the next few years.

Even in its raw state today, the HCRT suggests great tourism potential with classic Canadiana; white pine stands, beaver meadows, granite bluffs, and scenic waterways. Bookended by two restored 1870’s railway stations, the HCRT touches on quaint hamlets offering original artisan foods. It finally spills into a bustling settlement which is renowned to be ‘Where it’s Art’. The HCRT Map will help you plan your visit. You’ll see the locations for Dahl Forest and Snowdon Park, but please note these must be accessed by roads which will involve car traffic and hills, so please plan accordingly.

The Dahl Forest is a 550 acre protected Land Trust property with well-signed and mapped hiking trails. There is a donation box to help support the Trust and trails maintenance.

Snowdon Park is a similar property nearby, municipally owned. Signage and mapping are awaiting updates, and trails tend towards overgrown but this area offers a nice quiet nature walk. The trails were developed by the local field naturalists club.