Explore the Trail

About our trails

The Waterford Heritage Trail network is a 19km decommissioned rail line that connects to the Brantford Rail Trail to the north, and the Sunrise Trail to the south. The trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail. Read more about the trail redevelopment project.

Gorgeous forests, fields, wetlands and grasslands line this rail trail, giving you a diverse landscape to view as you make your way into the town of Waterford. As you head out of Waterford you’ll pass through farmers’ fields, forests and wetlands. The trail supports a variety of activities including hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing.

Find bike-friendly local business and more on the Ontario By Bike website


Download your copy of our trail map!

Explore the waterfront, rail trail and fitness trails. Download the Waterford Heritage Trail Network printable map (PDF).

Maps & Parking

Trail access Waterford Heritage Trail and Shadow Lake Trail can be accessed from several locations within the town of Waterford

Trail features

Take in the gorgeous forests, fields, wetlands and grasslands on this rail trail as you make your way into the town of Waterford.

Black Bridge

Black Bridge is a century-old 166-metre long high-level rail bridge that is part of the Waterford Heritage Trail, the TransCanada Trail, and connects to Delhi, Port Dover, Simcoe, Brantford, Cambridge and Hamilton trails.

Trail Etiquette

Please see our Trail User’s Code and ensure the Waterford Heritage Trail and Shadow Lake Park stay beautiful.

Town of Waterford

Waterford is a picturesque town of about 3,000 situated in Norfolk County on the north shore of Lake Erie. Dating back to the late 1700's, Waterford's history includes manufacturing, a period of importance in railway transportation and agriculture. The legacy of the past is still very visible in historic buildings that have found contemporary uses


The Waterford Rail Lands redevelopment project Redevelopment in action Historic timeline2018 Installation of Bloomsburg Pollinator Garden and kilometre marker posts for sponsorship. Bat, bird and bee houses assembled by Bloomsburg Public School to erect along the trail. Granular surface trail constructed from West Gap Bridge to Mechanic Street (Concession 8). 2017 Clean-up and establishment of

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