If Mount Nemo sounds inviting and worth discovering its because this conservation area has one of the best cliff ecosystems on Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment. Rich green ferns blanket limestone boulders scattered among old growth forests that are alive with jewel like birds. Crevice caves and ancient cedars, a thousand years old, can be seen all along the meandering cliff edge trail. An interpretive lookout with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside lets visitors know why this natural environment park is worth protecting.
Parking and connections to the Bruce Trail are available at this intriguing conservation area. Follow the white-blazed main Bruce Trail east from the parking area on an old quarry road. Look carefully for the double white blazes where the Trail swings north (left) to enter the forest and eventually reach a high point on the Escarpment edge. Across the valley is the prominent ridge of Rattlenake Point, also on the Bruce Trail. Conservation Halton has implemented a regeneration program at the Escarpment edge. As always, please stay on the marked trail. On your hike you will see scattered groves of old-growth White Cedar clinging to cracks in the bedrock, some dating back 1,000 years. This presettlement forest is the oldest, least disturbed forest in eastern North America. Mount Nemo is also the site of a deep crevice system that cuts through the caprock of the Escarpment. In its moist clefts is a lush growth of ferns and mosses.
With file information from the Bruce Trail, for more information on this and other Bruce trails please purchase the Bruce Trail map and trail guidebook. The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada. It is 840 km long, with over 440 km of side trails. Every year more than 400,000 visits are made to the Trail as people walk, snowshoe, watch wildlife, take photographs and admire the glorious scenery of the Escarpment. The Bruce Trail was instrumental in the Escarpment being named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1990 - one of only twelve such reserves in all of Canada. The Bruce Trail is a member of the Ontario Trails Council through affiliation with Hike Ontario.
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