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RTA Policy on Hiking During Hunting Season

During the various hunting seasons that take place in Ontario between Oct 1st and Dec 31st, it is preferred that hikes be conducted in Provincial Parks, Conservation Areas, and public areas. During the portion of deer hunting season where the use of rifles is permitted, all privately owned areas of the RTA trails are closed.  For the other portions of hunting season hikes may continue in other areas as long as hike leaders/hikers do the following:

  • Check the Trail Alerts portion of the RTA website to ensure that where you plan on hiking has not been officially closed.
  • Wear bright/easily visible clothing.
  • Look for any signs indicating that an area is closed or that hunting is ongoing AND DO NOT PROCEED IF THERE ARE SIGNS!
  • Look for any evidence that hunters are in the area and leave that area if there is such evidence.
  • Do not leave the trail.

If you do find areas where hunting is taking place that are not covered in the Trail Alerts, then please advise the RTA Trail Coordinator at trailcoordinator@rideautrail.org

Important: Closure information is updated as frequently as possible but may not be fully up to date.

Trail Alerts

Alerts are sorted by date. Active alerts can also be found on each map page. View the maps page.

  • Private areas closed

    Applied to all maps

    Resolved

    As has been stated in many locations, it is RTA policy that all private property areas are closed, and trail use prohibited, for the period of Rifle/Deer Hunting Season. This year the dates involved are Nov 7 -20 inclusive.  It is acknowledged that it is difficult to know in detail exactly where private property areas are located.  For that reason, hikes should be restricted to Provincial Parks, Conservation Areas, and City trails where it is known that hunting is prohibited. Please also be on the lookout for hunting during any time of the various hunting seasons between Oct 1 and Dec 31.  Stay safe and do not enter anywhere signs are posted or hunting noticed. It is very important that these restrictions are followed, both for individual safety and for our continued access to these parts of the trail.


  • Trail Reroute

    Map 8

    Current


    The route through private property between 08A on North Shore Rd and 08B on Narrows Lock Road is closed effective immediately Oct 23, 2022) and will remain closed until Jan 1, 2023.  The landowner has requested that the trail in this area be closed for the entire hunting season.  Do not go through this area during the stated time period as: a. you might get hurt, b. you could be charged with trespassing, and c. we may lose permission to use this part of the trail permanently.  A diagram is included to help identify the area that is closed.


  • Pedestrian Bridge Closed

    Map 19

    Current

    The pedestrian bridge at Mud Lake will be closed until the spring of 2023. As part of a two-phase plan, the National Capital Commission (NCC) plans to improve the trail while providing a newer accessible bridge for residents in the Mud Lake Conservation area. According to the NCC’s website, the Mud Lake conservation area was affected by the floods in both 2017 and 2019, and they plan to rehabilitate a section of the trail on the southeast section of Mud Lake, which will start in the spring of 2023.


  • Trail Reroute

    Map 4

    Current

    For safety reasons, there has been a minor reroute of the trail just North of 4A, and signage is in place.  The area involved is shown in the image below.  The old trail was along the edge of a steep drop and has been deemed too dangerous for general use.  The main trail is still in the woods, but has has been moved higher up to a more safe location.  The blue trail in that area remains unchanged. The trail change is such that it would barely be noticeable on a map.  However, this alert has been placed to remind everyone to follow the RTA blazes in that area.  Please do not just follow your app across the old trail as it can be quite dangerous.


  • Reroute of trail

    Map 4

    Current

    For safety reasons, there has been a minor reroute of the trail just North of 4A, and signage is in place.  The area involved is shown in the image below.  The old trail was along the edge of a steep drop and has been deemed too dangerous for general use.  The main trail is still in the woods, but has has been moved higher up to a more safe location.  The blue trail in that area remains unchanged. The trail change is such that it would barely be noticeable on a map.  However, this alert has been placed to remind everyone to follow the RTA blazes in that area.  Please do not just follow your app across the old trail as it can be quite dangerous.

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  • Trail Reroute

    Map 10, Map 11

    Current


    We have been forced to reroute, onto the road, between 11A and 11B as one of our new landowners withdrew permission.

    Between 11A and 11B, the trail now goes on Rathwell Rd and Hwy 43. NOTE:  Efforts are ongoing to get approval from the county to move the trail down a road allowance and reduce the amount of hiking along roads.  It is hoped that this will be approved shortly and put in place in September.  A new alert will be posted as soon as it is approved and in place.  As it is hoped that the reroute will be approved soon, maps 10 and 11 have been modified and are available on the maps page.


  • Trail Routed

    Map 14

    Current

    The main trail has been rerouted between Dwyer Hill Rd and Paden Road.  This route does come very close to the Stone Steps on the West side of the creek.  It is still possible to take a Blue Rte from Donnelly Drive North to the Stone Steps on the East side of the creek (the old main trail) and then to come back the to Donnelly Rd on the same route.  The new map has been posted to the maps page and is also linked below.


  • New Routing

    Map 07

    Resolved

    A new routing has been completed.  Trail markers are in place and Map 07 has been amended.


  • Updated Map

    Map 07

    Resolved


    The Apr 2022 version of Map 07 has been updated as there were errors in the April 2021 version. Please ensure that you use the latest version.


  • Route Bypass

    Map 9

    Current

    A bypass to the beaver dam that is located between RT 09E and RT10A (just North of the Mica Mines boundary, closer to RT09E) has been built by Central Club and all the signage is now up.


  • Unusable Boardwalk

    Map 01

    Resolved


    The area around the wetlands, with the extensive area of boardwalks, is  not usable.  The boardwalks are in very poor condition and not considered safe.  Discussions have been initiated with CRCA and the City of Kingston for a long term fix, but there is no expectation of a quick fix.  Accordingly the modified route has been marked with main trail orange blazes and is now the Main Trail.  Map 1 has been amended and the newer one is available on the Maps page.  The RT kml and gpx files have also been updated.


  • Kingston Sewer Line

    Map 01

    Resolved


    The City of Kingston is putting in a new sewer line that will temporarily affect the RTA main trail.  The trail between Queen Mary Rd (South end) and the junction of Parkway Rd and Princess Street (North end)  will be closed while this work is ongoing.  Once the new sewer line is in place the surface will be improved to a multi-use trail and the RTA will revert back to normal use. In the meantime, the reroute will use Queen Mary Rd to Portsmouth (South end), and Portsmouth Rd to the junction of Princess Street (North End).  The bypass route is shown in blue on the image.

    There are signs at the start and finish of the reroute, as well as indicators when there are turns.  It is not expected that all of the work will be done until late fall 2022.


  • Skycroft Access Parking

    Current

    Map 05 , Map 06

    Current

    Where to park when wishing to hike the Skycroft Access Trail is always an issue.  RT maps (both map 05 and 06) indicate that there is some parking available.  There is very limited, three-season-only, parking on the North side of Opinicon Rd, right at the official entrance of the trail (at best, 3 vehicles from the same group).  The problem is that the area South of Opinicon Rd belongs to Skycroft Campground Resort.  The access to their property from Opinicon Rd is Split Rail Lane (opposite an unofficial entrance into Skycroft Access Trail).  The Skycroft Campground Resort owners have made it clear that NO PARKING IS AUTHORIZED that blocks the Split Rail Lane, or on any part of their property that is South of Opinicon Road. An image is below to assist with understanding.  If there are any questions please contact trailcoordinator@rideautrail.org


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