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Limerick Forest

Trail information: 


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There is approximately 180km of trails ranging in size from single tracks to full-sized vehicles. There are two main categories of use, motorized and non-motorized. So, whether hiking, biking, or driving an ATV, you can enjoy the trails through pine plantations, wetlands and second growth forest.


Click here for directions to LIMERICK FOREST
*Note: Direction may lead to map coordinates (in longitude/ latitude)

Low, Medium, High

For more information, contact:
Geoff McVey, Forest Manager
Phone: 613-342-3840 ext. 2416


The Limerick Forest area was settled in the late 1840's, mostly by Irish potato famine survivors coming up the Rideau River. The land was cleared largely for agriculture, but the repeated cropping and grazing could not be sustained by the increasingly nutrient deficient soils, and the land "ran out". Without roots, wind blew the soil away, causing choking dust storms and later even sand storms that turned the land into a desert with stony plains and sand dunes. Whole families abandoned the area. The land then fell back to the counties.

In 1921, a Reforestation Act was passed in Ontario allowing counties to enter into an agreement with the province to establish plantations of forests to renew the land. Over the years, Red Pine and Jack Pine Plantation were established in particularly sandy areas. Many of these planting were done as school projects. Local residents are proud to admit they helped to plant the forest.

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