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Hike Info

N43.14337 W79.11381

10.5 km

4 h

Intermediate

185 m

The trail between Fireman’s Park and the Woodend Conservation Area is moderately flat with some hills. Some road walking on low-traffic roads.

None; free parking at Fireman's Park

Porta John at Fireman's Park

At (011) Woodend Houses or at the gully loop just before (006).

12 Jun 2008

Pets must be leashed; no horseback riding; not wheelchair accessible.

2016 The trail (marked in black on the trail map) between 001 and 005 along the railway is now designated as the Bruce Trail. The former Bruce Trail (marked closed on the map) is now open and has been renamed The Fireman's Park Side Trail (2.5 km in length.)

None

Escarpment views at Woodend; Fireman's Pond

Cross-country skiing; snowshoeing

 

The Site

Fireman's Park to Woodend Conservation Area

This hike continues the Niagara region hike from Brock’s Monument to Fireman’s Park taking it over to Woodend Conservation Area. There is parking at both ends of the hike so the hike can be done in either direction. This is a linear hike so that two cars are necessary unless you wish to do the hike and the return as well making it a very long hike.

The Screaming Tunnel

Firemen's Park is a 135 acre natural park, located on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. There are hiking trails, picnic tables, fishing in the large pond, and other cultural events.

The 45 hectare Woodend Conservation Area is a unique section of escarpment with cliffs on either side of the point.  There are impressive views to the vineyards and farm orchards below that one can see northward towards Lake Ontario.  The Bruce Trail passes through Woodend CA and along with two Conservation Area trails takes visitors on either side of the escarpment edge and through broad-leaf hardwood species such as sugar maple, beech, red oak, forest communities that are representative of Niagara's Carolinian forest environments. 

The natural features at Woodend provide many opportunities for outdoor activities including bird watching, picnicking, hiking and cross-country skiing.

The forest communities at Woodend are composed largely of broad leafed hardwood species such as sugar maple, beech, red oak, shagbark hickory, and rock elm.

Black cherry, black oak, and paw paw are sporadically scattered throughout the area and are representative of Carolinian forest species. This diversity of vegetation provides the food and habitat needed to sustain wildlife.

The first part of the trail from (001) to (005) has been closed and rerouted due to a bridge closure and bridge reconstruction project. The completion date for this project is unknown but the reroute is shown on our trail map. The Woodend Houses are a nice visit and you might be able to relax on the large wooden patio for a bit. There are also some great views from the escarpment edge of the surrounding countryside.

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