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.
  • 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 1.4 kilometre loop trail which begins behind the cabin.   The trail crosses First Creek and skirts below an impressive granite rock wall, leading to two ponds.  The trail returns through the upland, and there is a steep descent at the end which accounts for the rating of a moderately difficult hike.  Use at your own risk, stay on the trail and keep your dog(s) on a leash at all times.   

This Reserve closes to the public each spring from March  20th to June 20th to provide space for ecologically sensitive species.  The spring is a crucial time for breeding and by closing the reserve for the spring we give wildlife the space they need to ensure successive generations will continue to thrive.

*Adams Nature Reserve is open to the public as of Sunday June 20th, 2021 as a full loop trail with a new trail map which you can download below.