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Off-Road adventures for all ages and skill levels

The bike trails at Batawa Ski Hill offer a wide variety of terrain for riders of any age and skill level. The key to a rewarding bike ride is choosing something within your ability that offers fun challenges but not too beyond your comfort zone.

With this in mind, here are four different types of biking experiences Batawa has to offer so you can start planning your next adventure.

Written by Andrea Jengle

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Adults, kids, teenagers and even toddlers on balance bikes can have fun and learn new bike skills on the paved Pump Track. From the Pump Track you can bike over the Dino Dig, which is the perfect spot to do some exploring and have a snack. From there you can bike along a flat, windy gravel trail to the Natural Playground. As the kids get a little more adventurous you can begin to explore the Batawa South Trails. The trail “Evergreen” is the perfect introduction to off-road biking for kids.


Maybe dirt trails aren’t your thing, but you also don’t want to ride around aimlessly on pavement. Not to worry – Quinte West has gravel bike trails with cool destinations. From the Village of Batawa you can bike the Lower Trent Trail in two directions. South takes you to the Bleasdell Boulder, while north takes you to Frankford. In Frankford you can stop at the Old Bank Café to refuel with a coffee and snack. From there, you can continue North to Bata Island where you can walk or bike the island loop to explore its beauty.

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The Batawa South Trails are machine made (wide), multi-use trails adjacent to the ski hill. They offer steady climbs and fun, flowy descents. They are perfect for beginners and lots of fun for seasoned riders in search of gravity mountain bike trails.

There are 6 trails, a skills area and a variety of terrain. Trails range from Green (easiest) to Double Black (most difficult). You can get a taste of biking single-track on the trail “Wild Turkey”. Expect some roots, tight turns and lots of fun.


I sure did. Over the past two years the Quinte Mountain Bike (MTB) Club and Batawa have focused on reviving and expanding the Batawa North Trails. These trails are the only legit single-track mountain bike experience in and around Quinte West. There are 6 trails ranging in difficulty, from Blue to Double Black. You can expect some challenging climbs, technical fun descents and natural obstacles to test your skills.

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