Since we seem to be holding onto the beautiful weather, I’m going to keep sharing as many autumn photos as I can! These are from a few weeks ago when I explored a new area in Fonthill, the St Johns Conservation Area. After seeing some awesome photos from another travel blogger Camper Christina, I couldn’t resist a visit! Thank you for sharing otherwise I may never have visited!
The area was established in 1963 and is part of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. Nestled in the Twelve Mile Creek Valley, it is a part of the Carolinian Forest zone. It contains many broadleaf plants and is home to old-growth trees. These characteristics, combined with the marsh found near groundwater seeps, makes it a unique closed forest which is only found in a few places in the Niagara Region.
Overall the area is fairly small but still houses 5 different trails. The Pond Trail is exactly that, it follows the outer edge of the pond while the Sassafrass Stroll trail connects to it. There are three others (Tulip Tree, St Johns Ridge and the Horseshoe Trail) that branch off from the Sassafrass Stroll. All of the trails can be done easily in a few hours, but the further trails do have some inclines. Most of the paths have stairs though so if you take your time you won’t have to worry about any injuries. When you see my photos, you’ll see why you’ll want to take your time! Happy trails!