Chesney Wilderness Area is a 93 hectare (230 acre) natural area located in Oxford County east of Woodstock, and just north of exit 250 off Hwy 401 near Drumbo. The Hemlock Trail, as reflected by its name, is special because it passes by a large number of mature hemlock trees. The path begins at a parking lot where there is a good information kiosk with a map.
The trail has a hard earth surface with occasional tree roots, and there is also a section of boardwalk. Only walking and skiing are allowed on this trail, and no bikes or horses. This is a 2km trail having one large loop called the Maple Trail and one small loop called the Hemlock Trail. The habitat contains low grade hills and valleys, a cedar swamp, a pine plantation, and a medium age hardwood forest. There is a small clearing half a km along which has heavy, low vegetative growth. The trees include alder, poplar, cedar, red and sugar maple, willow, tamarack, black spruce, and black ash. Ragweed, raspberry, vines such as wild grape, and dogwood among other plants cover the ground.
Information provided by the Grand River Conservation Authority.
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