General Information

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The Dufferin County Forest is a 1,066 hectare (2,636 acre) forested area divided into 14 tracts located throughout the County (Location of Forest Tracts Within Dufferin County).  Each of the County Forest tracts has its own special features.  Of particular note are:

Main Tract (map)

Randwick Tract (map)

  • Second largest of the County forest tracts
  • Dominated by red pine plantations which are gradually succeeding to tolerant hardwoods such as sugar maple, white ash and beech
  • Extensive trail system for recreational activities

Little Tract (map)

  • Two kilometre interpretive trail with nine stops describing general forest facts
  • Only a small portion has been logged since the County purchase it in 1971
  • Has been designated as "natural forest" which means no resource extraction and only low impact recreation, allowing the existing forest to continue natural development toward "old growth"
  • A sawmill existed beside the creek and the clearing near Airport Road had homes for loggers in 1870

Mono Tract (map)

  • Third largest of the County Forest tracts
  • Tree cover includes red pine and white spruce plantations
  • Two major trails run in an east-west direction through the tract
  • Adjacent to Mono Cliffs Park a provincial park located on the Niagara Escarpment

Riverview (map) and Melancthon (map) Tracts

  • Both tracts are mostly made up of provincially recognized wetlands
  • Some trails for recreational activities and wetland exploration
  • Wildlife includes beavers, raccoons, bullfrogs, muskrats, white-tailed deer, and numerous species of waterfowl