Visiting A Conservation Area

Fall foliage at Cedar Creek

Outdoor recreation in a natural setting has proven physical, mental and spiritual health benefits.  It’s important to ensure these special areas are being properly to protect the significant species found in our Conservation Areas, while allowing everyone to enjoy and benefit from them.   All conservation areas are open from dawn until dusk and are free of charge, unless otherwise stated.

Some of the following reminders are the law, while others are courtesy and common sense. Everyone’s cooperation and respect will help preserve the natural beauty of our Conservation Areas.


  • Owners must keep their pets on a leash at all times and clean up after them.
  • Possession and/or consumption of alcohol is not permitted.
  • Please do not damage or remove plants, picnic tables or other area property.
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted in our Conservation Areas.
  • When in doubt concerning an activity, please ask our staff.
  • In our Conservation Areas it is illegal to pick or remove vegetation of any kind, including live or dead branches, plants, soil or other natural items. If you see anyone picking plants or removing any resources from our Conservation Areas, please contact us at 519-776-5209. Thank you for your cooperation.

Trail Etiquette

  • Give the right of way to smaller and slower trail users.
  • Stay right when approaching oncoming users.
  • When passing on the left, be sure to give warning:  “On the left”, or sound a bell.
  • Stay on the trail surface.
  • Obey signs.
  • Do not climb fences or take shortcuts.
  • Be sure to stop at intersections.
  • Respect the privacy of landowners bordering the trails.
  • Leave wildlife and plants for others to enjoy.
  • Ensure all pet and horse droppings are cleaned up.