Crowe Valley Conservation Authority – McGeachie

Operating Dates

Dawn to Dusk

Usage

Year Round

Opening & Closing Dates

Year Round

Facilities & Activities

The trail system is laid out in loops which allow hikers and skiers to choose the length and difficulty that suits their individual preferences.  At present there is approximately 8 kilometres of marked trails.  Please note that all Motorized Vehicles are prohibited, but cyclists are welcome.  We suggest good quality footwear for hikers, especially during the winter and spring, when you will probably encounter some deep snow and wet or muddy spots in the trail.  During the winter, snowshoes are an excellent way to get around.

Facilities

Activities

What you'll like about these trails

  • Uplands and lowlands showcasing a diversity of habitat
  • Embracement and connection by the forest
  • Breathe fresh air

General Information

The McGeachie property was donated to Crowe Valley Conservation Authority by the McGeachie family.  It comprises just about 500 acres of forest and swamp land, and includes two creeks, with beaver dams and other ponds.  Records suggest that the property has not been logged since the original logging of pine in the 1870s, and recent checks have indicated many trees that are at least 100 years old.  Because of the local relief on the property there are uplands with stands of oak, maple and basswood, intermixed with some birch, beech and ash.  In the lower lands there are old stands of cedar and hemlock with the usual mix of tamarack and balsam.  Along the creeks there are many varieties of shrubs and herbs, with wildflowers almost everywhere.

Birds and animals are in evidence throughout the property.  Among the many animals are deer and moose, coyote, otter, with the occasional visit by North Hastings Elk.