durham

Hiking at Greenwood Conservation and Brock Lands

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.

The Outback

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.

“The Outback” just south of the entrance off Concession Road 5.
“The Outback”
Overlooking Brougham Creek.
Walking to a meadow in “The Outback”.

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.

Brougham creek.
A song sparrow making sounds over the creek.

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.

Meadow in Apr ’21 vs. May ’19.
Trail in April ’21 vs. May ’19
Trail in Apr ’21 vs. May ’19.

Abandoned Barn

If you follow the the Greenwood Conservation Lands trail north to where it meets the Trans Canada trail, there is an abandoned barn!

According to this map, this building is a part of the Hamilton Homestead. http://trca.on.ca/dotAsset/134848.pdf

Future Development

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!


Whitevale Park and Seaton Hiking Trail

When we lived in Pickering we often hiked the Seaton Trail through it’s many access points closer to the town (Dixie Road, Valley Farm, Clarkes Hollow). This last visit back to the area, we decided to start our trek using a new entrance – through Whitevale Park. I absolutely love Whitevale in Pickering. I don’t […]

Valley Farm Ravine in Pickering

Valley Farm Ravine is nestled between the suburbs of Major Oaks and Pine Ridge in Pickering, Ontario. Recently, a trailhead entrance with new parking was upgraded on Valley Farm Road in Pickering just south of Duffins Creek and north of Finch Avenue. The terrain itself is fairly even in its elevation and makes for a […]

Heber Down Conservation Area in Whitby

Heber Down Conservation Area is located in Whitby, and is owned by Central Lake Ontario Conservation. The area features 687 acres and three trail loops altogether over 5 kilometres. In exploring, you will come across forest, meadow, and wetlands. Devil’s Den Trail We started our journey from the main parking lot off Lyndebrook Road. There […]

Sunny Day at Wilder Forest in Uxbridge

The first time in visiting Wilder Forest was so enjoyable, we took the time to visit again (see our first visit to Wilder Forest here). Wilder Forest is just under an hour drive from Toronto, to the north-east. Being the first sunny and warm day of March, we wanted to revisit the forest! The terrain […]

Altona Forest and Lacey’s Pond

Nestled in the suburb of Altona in Pickering, Altona Forest is a special reserve of 102 acres of beautiful forest. Owned and managed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Altona Forest features 4.24 kilometres of trail made available to the public. When the Altona suburb was developing in the 1980’s, there were efforts to […]

Wilder Forest At Sunset

The Wilder Forest and Wildlife Preserve is a newer addition to the Durham trail system. The acreage for the public trail system was donated by the Wilder family in 2007. The terrain is hilly, with the trail weaving over and around hills. We visited in the winter with snow blanketing the ground, but the hills […]

2 comments

Leave a Reply to thegroundstompers Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: