Vanderwater Conservation Area. This lovely outdoor spot is picturesquely located along the banks of the Moira River, where the water cascades over a series of limestone steps. The 15 km of trails explore a wide range of natural environments from mature cedar forests in the low lying areas to hardwood and coniferous forests that cover the slopes and high ground. The Conservation Area is a popular destination each winter for cross-country skiers. A steep ridge runs the length of the property and several spots along the trails afford a scenic view of the land towards the west.

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2oldguyswalking website has a great article (from 2017 with updates in 2018 & 2019) on Vanderwater Conservation Area. Go here to read the article.

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Vanderwater Conservation Area characteristics

Length: Total of 15 km
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural and Paved
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, and Snowshoeing
Accessibility Notes: Not known
Fees: Parking fee - $5 per day

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: Washrooms, picnic tables

Attractions: Scenic views

Quinte Conservation Authority Phone Number (613) 968-3434 or (613) 354-3312

Find it: 512 Vanderwater Road, Thomasburg, Ontario

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.3929080
Longitude: -77.3138130