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Let me always remember the gift of a walk in the woods, a day by the sea, a moment of solitude. Anonymous.

Each of the following areas are found within the north-east portions
of Oxford County...not far from Woodstock.

Black River Creek | Chesney Bog | The Arboretum |
Pittock Reservoir |
Trillium Woods

Black River Creek / Swamp

Looking south on King Rd...Wear proper footware especially in the spring.

Directions
: ...Show Me The Location... Exit the 401 at Interchange 250 (Drumbo Rd.1 Dxford County Road 29). GO west (towards Innerkip) 1 km to Hubbard Rd., turn right. Follow this road to the "T" intersection -turn right again. About 1 km. along, turn left onto King Road. An elevated abandoned rail line crosses King Road near its intersection with Twp. Road 9. It provides an excellent path to view the Drumbo Swamp (to the south) and the Black River Swamp.

Description: This is the largest forested tract in Oxford County. There are extensive stands of Silver and Red Maple, Black Ash, and Yellow Birch in the river valleys and Beech-Sugar Maple along its edge. There are also a variety of other wetlands, including willow scrub, cattail marshes, and open ponds.

Points of Interest: The large expanse of standing dead trees makes this a haven for woodpeckers and flycatchers. Many species of fungi are found in this area especially in the autumn.

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Chesney Bog


All seasons provide a different panorama. Wear insect repelent in the summer

Directions
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...Show Me The Location.... Exit the 401 at Interchange 250 (Drumbo Rd., 0xford County Rd. 29). Go west about 3 km. to the intersection with County Rd. 22. Look for the gate just past the corner. It is open each day from dawn until dusk.

Description: The central feature of this Conservation Area is a true sphagnum bog unusual in this region. The paths around the property travel through many successional stages from old field to mature forest.

Points of Interest: The bog contains a typical sphagnum mat and associated plants, including arathusa and showy lady's slipper. The surrounding mixed forest is rich in spring wildflowers and ferns. Hawthorn scrub on the northern edge of the property has been home to blue-winged warblers.

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The Arboretum


Follow the road into the grass parking lot. Benches are provided.

Directions
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...Show Me The Location... Located on Oxford Road 4 between Hwy 2 and the village of Innerkip. About 1/2 km. north of the Pittock Reservoir.

Description: Dedicated to the memory of W.L. Dickson. This little 20 acre/ 6ha. jewel is a product of a group called "The Men of the Trees". They have worked very hard to provide in excess of 150 labelled native trees and shrubs.

Points of Interest: A place of solitude while learning about our native trees. Very well protected from the elements.

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Pittock Conservation Area

Photo taken from North Shore. Waterfowl abundant during migration seasons. Bike and walking trails located on south shore.

Direction
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...Show Me The Location... For the entrance to the beach and campground - Go north from Woodstock on Hwy 59 and turn east on Pittock Park Rd. Trails are found all along south shore of the reservoir. EX. Go to the end of Lansdown within Woodstock and/or continue along Township Road 3. Other trails may be found along Township Road 4 south of the bridge on Oxford Road 4.

Description: Operated by the Upper Thames Conservation Authority. Cedar swamp, coniferous plantation, open meadow.

Points of Interest: Contains the only outcrop of bedrock in the county, in the Thames River Valley at Innerkip

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Trillium Woods

The trillium woods is wheelchair accessible. Visit here in the spring
to coincide with the maple syrup festival.

Direction
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...Show Me The Location... From Hwy 401, go south on the Sweaburg Road all the way to Trillium. Turn Right.

Description: TheTrillium Woods is a small woodlot known for the profusion of unique trilliums. It is owned and operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources as a provincial Nature Reserve.

Points of Interest: Beech/Maple upland hardwood forest.

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