People hoping to use the iconic Rail Trail will have to wait.

Haliburton County announced yesterday the trail, which extends from Haliburton to just north of Kinmount, is not opening until further notice.

According to county officials, the delay in opening is because of the late thawing of snow. There are several portions of the trail that are “still very wet, and unsafe”.

Anyone with questions about the Trail’s delayed opening, they can connect with Pam Weiss, the Administrative Assistant with the county, by calling 705-286-1762 or you can email her at

Whenever the trail does open for the spring, it will be open to ATV users with permits from the Haliburton and Kawartha ATV Associations. Anyone that takes their ATV on the trail is only allowed to do so between 10:00am and Dusk. As well, riders will need to abide by the posted speed limit of 30KM/H. ATVs can use the trail until November 30th.

The trail has undergone a number of improvements over the years, including work that was done in 2016 when the Howland Junction Bridge was improvements as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.