One of the best rides during the spring or fall is the Little Germany Loop. Depart from Curries Friut Market at the intersection of Sixth Street and Tenth Line Nottawasaga, head southward on Tenth Line. The first portion of the ride is a great chance to warm up on a little pavement before getting onto the first gravel section. When the pavement ends you will climb for a few kilometres on gravel before turning right onto 26/27 Sideroad Nottawasaga. This is where the fun starts, locally known as the "Goat Path", this is one of the best hidden gems in the area. Enjoy it or not, it seems like it doesn't end some days! Once you reach the top, theres a shorter 6 km section of pavement that will take you through Rob Roy, partially down the Pretty River Valley climb and up the infamous Reids Hill gravel climb. The next portion of the ride is relatively flat as you head west. The most scenic portion occurs between kilometre 26-37 as you ride toward, through and past Little Germany without even knowing it. There is no town sign, no homes, and absolutely no indication that this place even exists. I liken this portion of the ride to being in a forest that just happens to have a road running though it. The remainder of the ride is rolling gravel hills with a small section of pavement at kilometre 45-48 before you descent the legendary Twelfth Line. A word of caution, be sure your brakes are in good working order and you are technically sound enough to descend sections of gravel upwards of -24% at times. Stop at the top and take in all the scenery as you will be on your brakes the entire way down with no time to enjoy the view. For those that wish an alternative route down, take Fourth line to Grey Road 19 and descend back to town.
This route has a little bit of everything: pavement, gravel, rail trail and goat path (what the locals refer to as unopened gravel roads during the winter, very few people use them). Depart from Collingwood via the Tenth Concession and head south. Enjoy the warmup as the asphalt ends at the 7km mark. You will be climbing over the next 5-6km so sit back and enjoy the views of Clearview Township. The climb ends and you will find yourself back on pavement for a short time as you pass Duntroon Highlands Golf Course. A quick left on to 21/22 Nottawasaga Sideroad for a few kilometres of fun loving gravel rollers. Once you cross over County Road 124 you will experience a lonely section of hidden gravel that doesn’t see winter maintenance and is locally referred to as a “Goat Path” do to its rugged condition. Take your time on the descent, it can be washed out during the spring time. A short bit of reprieve as you turn south again heading towards Creemore. The next two sections of gravel will take you up….and then take you down. Before the descent, be sure to take in the great views looking east. Following the gravel descent you will head north through typical Ontario farmland towards Stayner. At the 40km mark you roll into the heard of Stayner along a section of rail trail, typically a great place to start your sprint into town if you are looking for a little fun! Stop at Coffee Culture for coffee, pastries or lunch. The last 20km of this loop is completely rail trail ending right downtown Collingwood with a little detour around the shipyards downtown and Harbourview Park. If you still have an appetite after the coffee break, there are countless places to eat in the downtown core.