Springwater forest, encompassing 150 hectares, is the most significant of the few remaining tracts of virgin Carolinian forest in Canada. This zone extends from the Toronto - Grand Bend line south to Carolina and contains more endangered species than any other zone in Canada. American Sweet Chestnut, Paw Paw, White Mulberry, Blue Ash, Heart Nut, Sassafras and Trulip trees - all rare Canadian Carolinian trees - can be found throughout the Springwater forest amidst a towering canopy of American Beech, Sugar Maple and White Oak.
The forest is also home to a number of rare bird species, including the Hooded Warbler, Tufted Titmouse, Pileated Woodpecker and such mamals as the uncommonly seen badger. The Main Trail begins at an old maple sugar shack donated in 1974 and winds its way through the majestic Springwater Forest. Along the hard packed and relatively flat trail are posted a number of interprative signs. The signs look at life in a Carolinian forest and include mention of the Black Topelo, a heritage tree located a short walk from the trail.
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