Fleetwood Creek Natural Area
Fleetwood Creek Natural Area, located within the Oak Ridges Moraine, provides visitors with the opportunity to discover and experience a distinctive part of Ontario’s natural heritage while ensuring its long-term protection. This 380 hectare (900 acre) property is managed by Kawartha Conservation for the Ontario Heritage Foundation (OHF). Fleetwood was acquired in 1985 by the OHF through a generous cash donation by Mrs. Hilda Pangman.
The view from the lookout
The Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is a river valley system. It contains lowland forests, hardwood bush, meadows and steep valleys.
There are over 250 kinds of plants and 44 types of birds in the Fleetwood Creek Natural Area, including wild turkey that were reintroduced into the region during the 1980s.
A variety of geological formations caused by the past glacial period can be found in and around the area, including kames, kettles, eskers and ice-contact ridges.
A large part of the Fleetwood Creek property is designated as a Provincially Significant Earth and Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). Visitors are asked to stay on the trails so that the most environmentally sensitive sections of the property are protected.
Parking lots are located off Ballyduff Road and Solanum Way (unassumed road). Picnic tables are provided at the observation platform which is accessible from the Valley Trail.
On The Trails
The Valley Trail is a 2.2km loop offering visitors two ways to enjoy the area. An observation platform offers a spectacular view of the surrounding land, while the more adventuresome can also travel down into the valley. The Forest Trail is divided into two branches. The West branch, a 3km loop, consists of a twisting path on a gradual slope leading through open meadows and forests of giant beech, maple and hemlock trees. The East trail, a 3km loop, leads through a dense cedar forest, then climbs up the valley slope. The trail continues through an open meadow, then winds back through the forest to the parking area.
Hours of Operation
May-October 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
November-April 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
No access is permitted outside of posted hours.
- From Highway 35, turn east onto Ballyduff Road for 2.9 km
- Destination is on the right at 902 Ballyduff Road, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
- The parking area is not maintained from October 31 to May 1, and is most accessible by vehicle from early June to late October.
- Ballyduff Road east of Wild Turkey Road is classified as an unassumed municipal road. Use extra caution when traveling east of Wild Turkey Road as there is a significant slope that is prone to frequent washouts. This road is maintained as an Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail during the winter.
- Vehicle access on Ballyduff Road east of the Fleetwood Creek parking entrance, over to Porter Road, is not recommended as road conditions are very poor in this area.
- There is a secondary parking area on Solanum Way. Vehicle access to this parking area is limited as road conditions are very poor in this area as well.
- Take precautions. See advice from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit on protecting yourself from West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease when outdoors.
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