For the avid mountain biker and cross-country skier, these trails are a must visit. Located in LV on crown land, the Forest Lea Trails are volunteer led and maintained. The trails are used for mountain biking, hiking, and walking in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter they are used for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking.

Mountain biking

The routes consist of over 32km of single track trails that are tight, technical, rocky, and rooty. This is an advanced recreational trail system. Even “easy” trails contain obstacles. Users should be warned that trail conditions are subject to rapid changes due to weather, bike and hiking traffic and other factors. These trails require physical fitness and technical skill. Ride/hike with caution and have fun! Don't forget to always wear a helmet!

Download the trail map on your phone or GPS from The MTB Project or use the app to navigate the trails.

The trails represent thousands of hours of volunteer labour by a few dedicated mountain bikers that love to ride bikes and make great trails to ride on. Donations to the trails and memberships are highly encouraged to ensure these trails can continued to be properly maintained. You can join and contribute online via Zone 4.

Gearheads in Petawawa will also take cash donations of $20 and direct it back to the trail group.

Visit Forest Lea Mountain Bike Trails website for more information

Cross-country skiing

In the winter months, the trails are converted in cross-country ski, snowshoe, and fat bike trails! There is over 12 km of groomed classic and skate trails available for your enjoyment with 1.5km of lit trails for night skiing. Snowshoe trails are not maintained and visitors are cautioned to use at your own risk. Winter bikers are permitted for use on the snowshoe trails.

The Pembroke and Area Cross Country Ski Club (PACX) is the volunteer organization that oversees and maintains the trails in the winter months. They also offer ski school, youth race teams, and special events. Memberships and donations are highly encouraged to further support the trail.

Visit PACX's website for more information

Getting here

From Highway 17, exit west onto Forest Lea Road/Renfrew County Road 42. Continue on Forest Lea Road for 5kms. Your destination will be on your right.