Fleetwood Creek Natural Area, located within the Oak Ridges Moraine, provides visitors with the opportunity to discover and experience a distinctive part of Ontario's natural heritage while ensuring its long-term protection. This 380 hectare (900 acre) property is managed by Kawartha Conservation for Ontario Heritage Trust. Fleetwood was acquired in 1985 by Ontario Heritage Trust through a generous cash donation by Mrs. Hilda Pangman.
The Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is a river valley system. It contains lowland forests, hardwood bush, meadows and steep valleys. There are over 250 kinds of plants and 44 types of birds, including wild turkey that were reintroduced into the region during the 1980s.
A variety of geological formations caused by the past glacial period can be found in and around the area, including kames, kettles, eskers and ice-contact ridges.
A large part of the Fleetwood Creek property is designated as a Provincially Significant Earth and Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). Visitors are asked to stay on the trails so that the most environmentally sensitive sections of the property are protected.
Parking lots are located off Ballyduff Road and Solanum Way. Both of these roads are unassumed and unmaintained. Picnic tables are provided at the observation platform which is accessible from the Valley Trail.
On The Trails
The Valley Trail is a 2.2 km loop offering visitors two ways to enjoy the area. An observation platform offers a spectacular view of the surrounding land, while the more adventuresome can also travel down into the valley. The Forest Trail is divided into two branches. The West branch, a 3 km loop, consists of a twisting path on a gradual slope leading through open meadows and forests of giant beech, maple, and hemlock trees. The East trail, a 3 km loop, leads through a dense cedar forest, then climbs up the valley slope. The trail continues through an open meadow, then winds back through the forest to the parking area.