From the Economic Development eNews

Did you know this area is home to a 6,000-hectare community forest filled with multi-use trails and boardwalks open to you for your next outdoor adventure?

Check out this Limerick Forest Video introducing you to one of Leeds Grenville’s hidden treasures that is so special you might only tell your closest friends about it:

“It offers so many different things to so many people,” says Forest Manager Geoff McVey. This community forest is sustainably managed and owned by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. “It truly is a gem and we want people to know it’s there for everyone to enjoy,” says Geoff, adding it is a combination of natural forest, plantation and wetlands with lots of wildlife.

Limerick is made up of four major forest areas with various access points. There is the Limerick South block near Oxford Station in North Grenville where the Interpretive Centre is located, the Limerick North block off Bolton Road on the edge of Merrickville, the North Augusta Block east of that community, and the Cranberry Lake portion southwest of Merrickville.

There are also some smaller sections scattered around the Counties.

Recreational activities within Limerick Forest are associated with its 180 kilometres of trails and access roads.

In winter, there are 30 kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails maintained by the Leeds & Grenville Snowmobile Association. Two cross- country ski trails and a newly-built “Children’s Trail” are located at the Interpretive Centre. The Counties EarlyON children’s program operates three days a week at the centre.

The forest trails are multi-use, including cycling, horseback riding and hiking. ATV and dirt bike riders must belong to an association, including the Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicles (OFATV), the Johnstown ATV Club and the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR).

Trails and boardwalks are built and maintained by the Friends of Limerick volunteer group made up of forest users, including the Bytown Motorcycle Association and the Johnstown ATV Club.

Learn how you can access the sections of Limerick Forest with downloadable trail maps. Visit our Limerick Forest webpage for more details and contact information:


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