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In 1997, Canadian National donated the former Strathcona to Smiths Falls rail line to the CRCA. It is now known as the Cataraqui Trail. While the CRCA is the owner, the management and development of the trail is taken care of by the Cataraqui Trail Management Board (CTMB). The Management Board has representatives from trail user groups, municipalities, landowners and the CRCA.
The section of the Cataraqui Trail from Harrowsmith to Smiths Falls is designated as part of the Trans Canada Trail and was officially opened in September 2000. The CTMB has organized teams of volunteers to help monitor and maintain the trail. They are also responsible for raising the necessary funds to operate, develop and maintain the trail.
The Cataraqui Trail is a four season trail for hikers, cyclists, equestrians, cross country skiers and OFSC-permitted snowmobilers as the main users. Please note this trail does not allow ATV or other motorized equipment except for the above mentioned snowmobiles during the winter season. The trail, at a length of 104 km; follows the Napanee River going North East, passes through the Canadian Shield (Frontenac Axis) and runs alongside the Rideau Lakes. The route is on railroad grade with a road bed of varying material and size. In total there are about 50 public road crossings, 16 of which are considered the main ones and are shown on the Cataraqui Trail Access Points map.
Trail Difficulties: Low to Medium