The yipping calls of coyotes sometimes punctuate an evening’s walk through the Willoughby Nature Reserve, a 48-hectare property tucked into the beautiful Caledon Hills. This nature reserve was generously donated to Ontario Nature by the late Nordica Willoughby.
Two branches of Silver Creek, a tributary of the Credit River, have carved valleys into the reserve’s undulating landscape. The surrounding Caledon Hills actually form part of the western end of the Oak Ridges Moraine – that enormous legacy of the last glaciation.

Blanketing more than half of this rolling land is a mature forest of mixed hardwoods and softwoods. Little cutting appears to have occurred in these woods for close to two centuries. Beautiful displays of ephemeral spring flowers dot the forest floor. During the 1960s, much of the northeastern portion of the property, which had been cleared for farm fields, was replanted with white, red and Scot’s pine as well as white spruce, which are now quite tall.

Directions: The reserve is located five kilometres south of Caledon Village. From Highway 10, take the Grange Sideroad northeast to Kennedy Road. On Kennedy Road, make a left turn. The property, on the west side of Kennedy Road, will be recognizable by the coniferous plantations along the fence and an Ontario Nature reserve sign. A hiking trail, marked by blue signs, begins at the entrance. The houses near Highway 10 are occupied; so please respect the residents’ privacy.

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Willoughby Nature Reserve characteristics

Length: trail length not known
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

The animal and plant life found on the reserve is representative of the region and – for an area so close to Toronto – remarkably undisturbed. Resident species include white-tailed deer, coyotes, great-horned owls, pileated woodpeckers, and eastern bluebirds. Much of the reserve is recognized as a significant natural area in the Niagara Escarpment Plan, which helps to protect the forest cover and natural landscape.

Amenities: none

Attractions: none

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Find it: See directions in trail overview section

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.8357340
Longitude: -79.9391410