Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area protects an ecologically sensitive part of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Here you will find springs, seepage areas, and wetlands that form the beginnings of East Cross Creek and Pigeon River, along with significant wildlife habitat and natural features.

There are currently 3 trails. The main trail is 3.3 km one way and there is South Forest Loop Trail at 2.3 km and the Blair Martin Memorial Trail a loop trail of 1.5 km. They offer excellent hiking, bird watching, bicycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobile access for Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) members. Along the way, you will pass through sugar maple forests, pine plantations, open meadows, and sand barrens. You can spot many unique species of birds, such as Wood Thrush, Canada Warbler, Northern Flicker, and the Savannah Sparrow.

Link to downloadable trail map:


2oldguyswalking website offers a great review of this site (posted 2017, updated 2021) with images and map. Go here to read this review.

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Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area characteristics

Length: Main access trail - 3.3 km South Forest loop - 2.3 km Blair Martyn Memorial trail - 1.5 km
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking, Mountain biking, and Equestrian
Accessibility Notes: not wheel chair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: none

Attractions: None


Find it: 4560 Devitts Road, Scogog, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.1007720
Longitude: -78.7312030