Mathison Conservation Area

The Mathison Property is a 250 acre natural area of scenic forests and wetlands located north of the Village of Havelock. There are a number of shorter hiking and walking trails, none over 1 km.  The trails have recently been restored and no longer allow atv usage. Bylaw No. 2021-022 was passed on April 6, 2021 prohibiting the use of all Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) within the property to preserve the natural beauty of the acreage, and to avoid damage to the walking trails. This property was graciously donated to the Township by John Mathison in 2001 for conservation, education and recreation purposes.

Link to trail map:

2oldguyswalking website has a great review of this site, with map and images. Go here to read this review.

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Mathison Conservation Area characteristics

Length: 10 trails, each less than 1 km
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks and Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: Picnic tables

Attractions: Interpretive signage

Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen 1-877-767-2795; 705-778-2308,

Find it: Just north of arena in Havelock, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.4353330
Longitude: -77.8802050

Mathison Conservation Area Image Gallery

Photo credits:

Images supplied by Mike Seaboyer!