Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rockwood Conservation Area

Late fall is a good time to go for an adventure walk in you local park and conservation areas - most of those dying leaves have fallen to the ground (except for all the cedars) so views are a little clearer and those pesky mosquitoes are non existent. Rockwood Conservation Area is located on the Niagara Escarpment and is a good candidate for a tour with cool mill ruins, waterfalls, lakes and tiny islands. The park is closed for the winter but you can still view nature by coming in the back door so to speak.
The Grand River flows through the park and the water levels have been reduced substantially for the future spring melt of snow. The low water has opened up several islands to exploration with land bridges previously hidden below water.
"Towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes, including one of the world's largest, are a few of the natural wonders at the Rockwood Conservation Area. You can view them from hiking trails on both sides of the Eramosa River or in a rented canoe. The conservation area has over 65,000 visitors a year from near and far and offers excellent recreational opportunities only a short distance from major metropolitan areas." from the GRCA website.

See more nature after the jump.

Trees fill glacial potholes
Water spills over the dam that feeds the lake

The mill ruins are ready for photos and wedding parties
Low water levels expose more of the shoreline
The abundant cedar trees don't have much soil to grow in so the roots run along the surface
Old apples remain in a tree where no leaves remain

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