Credit Valley Conservation tweeted on Saturday “Are you visiting a conservation area this weekend?” and I thought I had visited all their properties, but I went to check the site anyway. Turns out I had missed one – Upper Credit Conservation Area – and it had TWO pieces to it!
The north part of Upper Credit Conservation Area has parking just off of Highway 10 at Broadway and Townline. The trail starts just to the east of the lot, marked by two boulders.
This is a straight shot in to Dragonfly Park, which has a really nice boardwalk set up. Even deer use it.
On the other side of Dragonfly Park, Upper Credit Conservation Area continues to the left. At this corner you’ll also find a giant flag pole. It was at half-mast this week for Remembrance Day.
The trailhead for Upper Credit Conservation Area is just past the flag. The trail continues parallel to Highway 10 for some time, though it doesn’t sound like you’re next to a highway, which is nice.
Eventually the trees start building up, and you’re surrounded. The trail does a bit of a loop, with a T off the west edge.
A little less green here, but still nice to be out in nature.
The ends of the “T” lead you to the river’s edge. At the bridge, you could access the road here. Not that there is parking here.
The sun made a rather bright appearance as we made our way back towards Dragonfly park, and mile zero of the Credit River.
The first bit of our hike today complete!
And then we head to the south piece of Upper Credit Conservation Area, which about five minutes down the road. Take a left out of the north parking lot, and follow Townline until it becomes Porterfield Road. Parking is near the end of Porterfield Road, where it becomes Queen St E (and is currently closed for construction).
This was one of our new friends here. Another dog was just getting set to start when this guy showed up. The other dog’s parents quickly packed him back up and left. I guess he’s not good with other dogs? This guy was a ham.
This section of Upper Credit Conservation Area is shorter than the north part. Some trails were closed for regeneration, so be sure to follow the signs.
It was starting to spit something from the sky as we wrapped up this last bit. Perfect timing!
115m elevation gain