Dufferin County Forest

Dufferin County

The Dufferin County Forest is a 2,500 acre forest divided into twelve tracts that are located across Dufferin County. It is managed by the County of Dufferin on a sustainable, multi-use basis. The forest serves many important functions including erosion and water control, natural heritage protection, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and support of the rural economy through timber production.

A brochure describing the County Forest in general is available here.

Main Tract Trail

Trail features include:

  • Largest of the Dufferin County Forest tracts
  • Extensive system of recreational trails which are in the process of being marked and mapped
  • Large variety of tree species, including red pine, white pine, white spruce, sugar maple, white ash, beech, red oak, ironwood, butternut, and many others
  • Habitat for many different animals including white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, porcupine, and a variety of songbirds
  • A provincially recognized Area of Natural and Scientific Interest, the Oak Ridges South Slope Forest

Mono Tract Trail

Ruffed grouse and white-tailed deer keep you company in this nice pine, spruce and mixed hardwood forest.  Trail features include:

  • Third largest of the County Forest tracts
  • Tree cover includes red pine and white spruce plantations
  • Two major trails run in an east-west direction through the tract
  • Adjacent to Mono Cliffs Park, a provincial park located on the Niagara Escarpment (a World Biosphere Reserve)

Melancthon Tract

The Melancthon Tract is in the Dufferin County Forest, much of which was planted in 1959.  The 750-metre trail loops from one side of the property to an adjacent side.  Watch for some side trails. Plantation areas are red pine and white spruce, but look also for the tamarack.

The tamarack is our only coniferous tree that drops its needles in the fall.  Each spring, dozens of new clusters of bright green needles grow on each twig in a delicate rosette form.  You’ll see signs of beaver activity, such as a poplar tree that’s been felled across the trail.

Bird activity is all around you, and butterflies and moths spring up from the grass as you walk.

Description

The 750-metre trail loops from one side of the property to an adjacent side. Watch for some side trails.
Activities Hiking, walking, cycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding.
Location Emergency numbers marks trail entrances: 398172 on the east side and 684111 on the south side.  Avoid the dead-end trail blocked by rubble at No. 684031.
Maps Melancthon Tract Trail
Parking Limited at trail entrance.
Trail Head Emergency numbers marks trail entrances:398172 on the east side and 684111 on the south side.  Avoid the dead-end trail blocked by rubble at No. 684031.
Trail End Emergency numbers marks trail entrances:398172 on the east side and 684111 on the south side.  Avoid the dead-end trail blocked by rubble at No. 684031.
Distance .75 km
Difficulty Easy
Surfaces

Natural

Amenities None
Landmarks Red Pine, White Spruce and Tamarack trees.  Birds and wildlife.
Cost No cost
Trail Web Site Dufferin County Forest
Closest Town

Shelburne