Trails at Fanshawe Conservation Area
Fanshawe Conservation Area offers 23 kilometres of hiking trails and 20 km of biking trails. Remember trail etiquette – take only pictures and leave only footprints!
Fanshawe Hiking Trails (hiking only) – Tamarack (1.3 km) and Meadows (2.1 km).
Fanshawe Lake Trail (20 km, hiking/biking) – Trail open to both hiking and biking.
The Lake Trail circles all the way around Fanshawe Reservoir, going through mature forests, open meadows and along three stretches of roadway. For biking, travel direction alternates depending on the date – on even numbered days traffic travels clockwise; on odd numbered days traffic travels counterclockwise (e.g. June 6 is clockwise; June 7 is counterclockwise).
It is highly recommended that anyone hiking or biking this trail have a copy of the Lake Trail guide with them. Remember, bikers: helmets are mandatory, regardless of age or experience.
Please park in the day use area or in the lot just before the yellow gates near the Fanshawe Dam to access the Lake Trail. Please stay on the marked UTRCA trail.
Low Water Crossings
There are two low water crossings on the trail, one over Wye Creek and one just south of the Thorndale bridge on the west side of the Thames River. During periods of high water flow, these sections of the trail may be impassable, in which case you will be asked to double back.
Provisional data on the Wye Creek crossing are available on line. Trail conditions are also posted at the trailhead in the day use area (#1 on the map).
Wildwood Conservation Area has three biking/hiking trails that range in length from 1.2 km to 24 km. All trails are multi-purpose and can be used by both hikers and cyclists, by permit only.
Dr. R.S. Murray Forest Trails (1-3 km) – The Green and Red Trails vary from 1 to 3 km in length and are fairly flat, allowing for a leisurely hike while remaining close to the campground. These trails explore a variety of ecosystems and natural features within the Dr. R.S. Murray Forest, which is home to many species of birds and mammals.
Wildwood Lake Trail (24 km) – The Lake Trail begins at the campground gatehouse and follows the reservoir shore. This trail visits an array of habitat for wildlife, making it a perfect walk for viewing nature. Follow the blazes that mark this trail as it meanders from reclaimed forests to plantations, through agricultural fields to a naturalized quarry. You can even get a close-up view of the working components of the Wildwood Dam, which is the structure responsible for the reservoir. There are opportunities for photographs at the look-out point or perhaps a picnic lunch at one of the ponds found along the way. The level of difficulty for this trail is considered easy to moderate, but its length makes it a challenge!
Trails at Pittock Conservation Area
Staff at Pittock Conservation Area are undertaking extensive work on the Pittock trail system, developing three new trails and lengthening the Husky Trail. All the trails will be connected so you can hike the entire system. Once the trail work in completed, updated trail brochures will be available.