If you're looking to take a scenic hike, there are many conservation and parkland areas where you can experience the untouched beauty of Lennox & Addington County.
Conservation Areas & Wetlands
Lennox & Addington has many conservation areas and nature reserves that are open to the public year round.
Camden East, Colebrook, Deerock, Flinton, Forest Mills, Napanee, Newburgh and Sheffield are operated by the Quinte Conservation Authority. Each site offers hiking trails, fishing areas, picnic tables and washrooms. The Cataraqui Region Consevation Authority operates Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area near Amherstview. It offers hiking, cross-country skiing, picnic areas and fishing, plus diverse nature and wildlife viewing opportunities.
The Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve is north of Napanee near Forest Mills. The 627 ha nature reserve located in the headwaters of Otter Creek of the Salmon River system, protects one of the largest examples of open and treed fen in southeastern Ontario. There are no visitor facilities. Appropriate recreational activities include birdwatching, wildlife viewing, nature photography and hiking.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
16151 Highway 41, Cloyne
The 6,644 hectare (16,500 acre) Bon Echo Provincial Park has 530 campsites (for tents, motor homes and trailers) an amphitheatre, multiple beaches and trails, plus historic features and picnic areas. Day passes are available. The park draws 190,000 visitors each year.
The Park’s Mazinaw Lake is one of the deepest lakes in Ontario (144 m or 475'). Mazinaw Rock is the 1.5 km (1 mile) long and 100 m (330') high natural wonder dotted with historic native pictographs. You can get closer to it from the water from the Mugwump Ferry (and accessible from public boat launches). Park staff and The Friends of Bon Echo put on many events throughout the year.
Hell Holes Nature Trails, Caves & Ravines
420 Barrett Road, Centreville
See rock formations that were created during the glacial period and spot rare plants that thrive in the area. Explore a 2.5 x 3.5 metre cavern that's along the trail and experience a unique rainforest-like area. Daredevils can go 7.5 metres down, into the Devil's Horsestable Cave. Walk along a natural stone bridge that leads you through a rugged criss-crossing gorge with overhanging ledges, grottos, flowerpots, mushroom-shaped rocks and sinkholes.
6248 County Road 4, Tamworth
Enjoy an English park setting along meandering paths and an arched iron bridge. Stroll through thousands of spring bulbs, perennial walks, rose gardens and a unique walled kitchen garden. See how the owners have created a croquet pavilion with miniature historical buildings built as croquet hoops. Water features include a pond with connecting waterfall, and a lily pond complete with goldfish, flowering water lilies and bronze fountain.
Sand Beach Wetlands Conservation Area
5945 Third Concession Road, Amherst Island
There’s a 54 acre sand beach wetlands of great ecological significance (acquired and stewarded by Loyalist Township to protect its valued natural heritage) located at the southwest end of Amherst Island. As a bonus, you’ll also enjoy picturesque views of Lake Ontario and Long Point Marsh.
Why Is Sand Beach Conservation Area a Provincially Significant Wetland? The area’s woodland and dune habitats offer unique breeding grounds for species at risk. It’s also part of the larger Amherst Island habitat recognized as a Globally Significant Important Bird Area.
Springside Park Trail & Falls
Enjoy a beautiful walk alongside the Springside Parks Falls and the Napanee River. Picnic and watch wildlife alongside a fully accessible path that’ll take you all the way to Conservation Park. Watch trains pass along the trestle bridge and take in the gently cascading waterfall. The Napanee River is one of only two places in the world that experiences “seiche”, tidal changes of anywhere from 6-16 inches due to winds that blow southwest along Lake Ontario.
Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area
7980 County Road 41, Erinsville
613-354-4883 ext. 3271
The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area is the most southerly dark sky site in Ontario. The site offers a night sky viewing experience very similar to what was available over 100 years ago. It's open year round and there is no admission charge. There is ample parking, has interpretive signage, and includes a large concrete pad for camera or telescope setup.
The Dark Sky Viewing Area is perfect for anyone looking to observe the natural wonder of the stars.