Greenwood CA

Greenwood Conservation Area

Exploring the Trans Canada Trail through Greenwood Conservation Area today. There’s actually two pieces to Greenwood – one is the southern area that most people are familiar with; it has a dog park. The northern piece is even left off their own map, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored.

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The south parking lot is probably one of the nicest parking lots I’ve visited for a trail.

Greenwood CA

From the car, head up the main road – it is still a road, so beware of vehicles that have no idea what they are doing, like the guy that came in behind me.

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The first trail you’ll come to on the left is Meadow Trail. This is a nice green trail, and at 8am it’s also a very dew-y and wet trail.

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That’s ok. At 8am it’s something likes 27 degrees, so I’m ok with it.

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Meadow Trail loops back to the main road, but you can find Bird Walk before that and keep yourself from the main areas.

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Bird Walk is more forested, presumably for all the birds. I didn’t see any, other than the ones on the signs.

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It’s a nice dry walk, compared to the Meadow dew. Even the bridge doesn’t really cover any sort of water feature.

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Bird Walk empties you out at another parking lot within Greenwood. A short walk across that and you can catch on to Duffins Trail.

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Greenwood seems to have a lot of things going on at this point. Duffins starts out in a dew-y mess, descends to a river crossing, then opens in to a forested area with very little undergrowth.

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This is where I messed up. The trail keeps going north west from here, but I looped around thinking I was at the dog park already. There were a lot of dogs, but it was not the end. Learn from me.

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I took this photo from the top. You actually have to climb these giant stairs back out of Duffins Trail.

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But don’t go all the way back to the parking lot just yet! Hang a left at the picnic area, pass the fields, and you’ll find White Pine Walk. Another dry forested trail that I decided would be a wonderful running trail so I didn’t take any pictures. Back to the car!

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You have to relocate your vehicle to get to north Greenwood. I suppose you could walk (because that’s kind of the point?) but it’s a lot of road walking, and I’m not a fan. Besides, I was in a rush to get to the Trans Canada Trail!

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The trees throughout Greenwood are pretty wacky. I enjoyed them thoroughly.

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The bridges on the north are in far better condition, likely because they had been redone for the Trans Canada Trail. Just my guess.

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Here are some selfies with lines over my face!

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Greenwood CA

1hr 45mins
8.33km
143m elevation gain

About Mia

I'm a weekend warrior, escaping the bustle of Toronto by exploring a new trail in south central Ontario nearly every weekend. Hiking, camping, backpacking, crafting, baking and beer are a few things you'll find here.

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