Greenwood Conservation and Brock Lands are located on the northwest border of where Ajax meets Pickering. The area covers over 1660+ acres of land, and offers 35+ km trails. The terrain is a mix of meadows, forested areas, and rivers.
There are a few different entrances featuring parking, including on Church Street, and Concession Road 5, and Greenwood Road.
If you park at the lot on Concession Road 5, you can cross the street to a trailhead just south west of the road. This seems to be a less busy area and entrance if you are looking for more of a private walk.
This area has a mix of tall trees overlooking a large meadow area, providing a great spot for bird watching. In October of 2020 I walked into this meadow to find a group of eight to ten vultures perched atop these trees (see below for photos). You can often spot chickadees and robins.
Greenwood Conservation – North Entrance
A popular trailhead is off Concession Road 5, called the North Entrance. Trails from this entrance include the Trans Canada trail and the Greenwood Conservation Lands trail.
The first feature when starting on this trail is a view of Brougham Creek to the east, part of the Duffins Creek Watershed.
When continuing on the Greenwood Conservation trail, the trail alternates between forested areas and large meadows.
See below for some photos during my trip in April 2021, versus a trip in May 2019.
If you follow the the Greenwood Conservation Lands trail north to where it meets the Trans Canada trail, there is an abandoned barn!
There is restoration work being completed directly adjacent to the west of the region. These lands were previously landfills and aggregate pits, that are currently being developed for public recreational use and to promote conservation.
Have you visited Greenwood Conservation or Brock Lands? Let us know!
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