Located north of Bowmanville, the Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area borders a significant portion of the Soper Creek. The Conservation Area protects a large area of deciduous forest and coniferous forest/swamp that help maintain both water quantity (through seeps and springs) and water temperature along this section the Soper Creek. Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area also includes a portion of the provincially significant Soper Valley Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI).

Link to trail map & brochure:


2oldguyswalking website has a great article (posted 2015, updated 2021) with images and map. Go here to read article.

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

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Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area characteristics

Length: 3 km
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking and Mountain biking
Accessibility Notes: not wheelchair accessible
Fees: $6 paid parking fee.

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: None

Attractions: None

Central Lake Ontario Conservtion Authority Tel:(905) 579-0411

Find it: Main Entrance: 367 Stephens Mill Road, Clarington, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.9666190
Longitude: -78.6785210