Summer is here, so now is the time to dust off those hiking boots and explore the great outdoors. It's easy to find a place to take a scenic hike and experience in unspoiled Lennox & Addington. There are many conservation and parkland areas where you can find untouched, natural beauty.
Take a look below for details about some fantastic outdoor experiences in L&A County.
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 a natural wonder dotted with historic native pictographs. Find out more.
Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area
603 Card Road, Moscow
The Camden Lake Provincial Wildlife Area is a designated goose sanctuary and managed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. A resident flock of 300 Canada geese make Camden Lake their home. The Wildlife Area has two short trails, The Blue Heron Trail, and Cedar Point Trail. Find out more.
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. Find out more.
Lennox & Addington County Forest Trail
72 Edward Street, Flinton
You may not be aware, but Lennox & Addington County manages a number of forests in Addington Highlands. One spot in particular, found in Flinton, is a particularly beautiful place to go for a stroll. A good starting point to start your journey is from the parking lot at the Addington Highlands Municipal Office. Find the blue sign to the east end of the lot by the outdoor rink. From there, enter the forest and enjoy an easy 2 km walk around the perimeter. Find out more.
Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area
7980 County Road 41, Erinsville
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. Find out more.
Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve
Roblin Road, Roblin
Menzel Centennial is one of Lennox & Addington County's most well-kept secrets for nature lovers. Found just east of Roblin, Ontario, it's a 4.8 km path with an abundance of significant wetlands that makes for a visit well worth making.Menzel Centennial provides a spectacular view of fens, swamp forest, and highlighted by a wonderful view of Mud Lake at the northern tip of the route. Find out more.
Parrott's Bay Conservation Area
4976 Bath Road, Amherstview
Parrott’s Bay Conservation Area near Amherstview in Loyalist Township is managed by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. It's an amazing 117 hectare (289 acre) property with a variety of wooded areas, wetlands, and beautiful waterfront views. Six kilometres of trails cross woodland, wetland and field areas. It is a great place to get out and enjoy nature. Find out more.
Puzzle Lake Provincial Park
2459 County Road 15, Tamworth
Puzzle Lake Provincial Park has rugged and diverse terrain composed of a mosaic of rock barrens, igneous cliffs, dry-mesic mixed forest, and numerous wetlands and lakes. Please note that this is a non-operating provincial park. There are no activities, facilities, or signage available here. If you're looking for unspoiled natural beauty, you've come to the right spot. Find out more.
Rose Hill Nature Reserve
Rose Hill Road, Denbigh
Rose Hill Nature Reserve is a 358 acre property of forested landscape in Addington Highlands. It is found in a remote area with four small ponds, wetlands and several creeks. It is at a high elevation for eastern Ontario and is dominated by several long, steep ridges with rock outcrops and glacial erratics common on the domed hills and slopes. Find out more.
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. The area’s woodland and dune habitats offer unique breeding grounds for species at risk. Find out more.
Sheffield Conservation Area
8032 County Road 41, Erinsville
Sheffield Conservation Area provides a 4.5 km looped trail that offers some challenging terrain for the avid hiker. Spectacular granite outcroppings, deciduous forests and extensive wetlands typify this area of the Canadian Shield. Songbirds, waterfowl, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals like beaver and muskrat are common here. Ontario’s only lizard, the five-lined skink, is also a resident. Find out more.
Springside Park Trail & Falls
8460 County Road 2, Napanee
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. You may also wish to venture north and stroll the beautiful downtown to make a looping route. Find out more.
Topsy Farms Trails
14775 Front Road, Amherst Island
Topsy Farms on Amherst Island offers a groomed 2 km trail to the Sugar Shack year-round and later intends to open a 6 km hike to the bluffs. Depending on the season, you might see lambs being birthed in adjacent fields, or frolicking; you will see avian and wildlife. This is a ‘take only pictures; leave only footprints’ situation. Find out more.