Adams Nature Reserve


Alec and Heather Adams owned this 107-acre property from 1973, to 2016, when they donated it to The Couchiching Conservancy to be protected in perpetuity.

Alec and Heather renovated the cabin that came with the property and used it as a year-round retreat.  They built the present-day trail heading north to Heather's Pond, incorporating courduroy log sections to ease the journey which are still visible and  covered in moss.

Recognizing the biodiversity and sensitivity of this land, the couple donated the property to The Couchiching Conservancy in 2016.

Unique features:

  • Public walking trail to Heather's Pond.
  • Old-growth upland forest not logged in over a century.
  • Borders the Kahshe Barrens.
  • Many mature Maple, White Ash, Red Oak, White Pine, American Beech and Eastern Hemlock.
  • Deep moist clay soil and sand which is ideal for tall, straight, healthy trees.
  • Home to at least twelve Species-at-Risk, as well as beaver, moose, bear, coyote, fox, and deer.
  • Nesting area for Scarlet Tanagers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Broad-winged & Red-tailed Hawks, and several species of Woodpecker.
  • Indigo Buntings and Mourning Warblers nest along woodland edges.

Visit this Nature Reserve:

Address:  1900 Cooper's Falls Road, Washago, Ontario.  There is parking for approximately four cars beside and in front of the Adams cabin in summer. In winter, park on the shoulder of the road in front of the driveway. Mind the traffic: Cooper's Falls road is busy.  

There is a well-marked out-and-back footpath to Heather's Pond (pictured above) approximately 1 kilometre in length (2 kms return) .  To access, walk behind the cabin and cross the bridge over First Creek.  Follow the trail going left, skirting the impressive granite rock wall.   Use at your own risk and keep your dog(s) on a leash at all times.  

At the end of the trail you will see a sign noting that the upland trail loop is closed for ecological research, due to sensitive habitat.