H. R. Frink Conservation Area. Local school boards operate the outdoor education centre located at this 138 hectare (341 acres) Conservation Area. This Conservation Area offers close to 13km of trails through a variety of habitats. Many of the trails begin right at the main parking lot, radiating out into several different directions. The Drumlin Trail, for example, will take you around the major land feature of the area, through a deciduous forest, providing a look at the Moira River and Parks Creek. From there, cross a long boardwalk across an impressive silver maple swamp, and take any number of trails back to the parking lot. Don t forget to explore the other side of Thrasher Road where more Frink Centre trails will introduce you to even more features of the property. You can find horsetails and orchids on the 2-km Horsetail Trail, or check out the secretive wetland inhabitants on the 500-metre Wetland Ecology Boardwalk that crosses a Provincially Significant Wetland. All the different scenery makes this Conservation Area an excellent destination for photographers. The main parking lot gate closes at 4pm weekdays with walk-through access available every day. The south parking lot at 384 Thrasher Rd is open daily dawn to dusk.

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H. R. Frink Conservation Area characteristics

Length: 13 trails totalling 13 km.
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks and Natural
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, and Snowshoeing
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible.
Fees: parking fee $5 per day

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: Washrooms, picnic tables

Attractions: Outdoor Ed Centre, interpretive signage, lookout, boardwalk

Quinte Conservation Authority info@quinteconservation.ca Phone Number (613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312

Find it: 381 Thrasher Road, Plainfield, Ontario

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.2787720
Longitude: -77.3410570

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