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Kennedy Woods Walking Trails and Picnic Area

The woods were Jack’s classroom and his true passion. We encourage visitors to spend the day exploring our six-kilometre-long Kennedy Woods walking trails, complete with picnic grounds and many points of interest. These trails are quite extensive and take you through deciduous forests and meadows. They are located just east of the cleared grounds of the sanctuary and are home to a variety of trees and natural wildlife. This hidden gem attracts many visitors all year round.

Each season, the Kennedy Woods trails offer beautiful and unique views of the local wildlife, making them a haven for hikers, a bird watcher’s joy and a photographer’s dream. This extraordinary woodland is a fantastic place to watch the spring and fall bird migration as well as hear the call of the owls as they awake at night. The changing colours of the maple trees in late October have been described as the most impressive in all of Essex County, and the abundance of Paw Paw trees have been said to be the most in the area.

Guests of all ages will enjoy spying the many species of plants, insects and animals along the trails. In the first-ever bioblitz on our 400-acre property, over 650 different species were observed on our grounds, most of which were found along the Kennedy Woods walking trails. The more species present in an environment, the higher the biodiversity of that environment and the better its health!

Kennedy Woods also offers a beautiful backdrop setting for wedding and special event photography. For families looking to have a picnic, or take a nature hike, the trails contain many benches and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy.

To begin, follow the Sugar Bush Trail starting at the Kennedy Woods Parking and Picnic Area located off the main road, Road 3. You will reach Tom Meadow. From there, you can turn left or right and make your way toward the three main entrances to the trails; Jake Path (entrance A), Hen Path(entrance B) or Drake Path(entrance C).

Jake Path, the furthest east of the paths, takes you past metal artifacts and offers a great opportunity to see how nature continues to grow, even with obstacles in its way. Close to Mud Creek you will find a dense area of Paw Paw trees as you continue west past the Big Rock and over the bridge where you meet up with Hen Path and continue through Big Tree Trail.

Hen Path, the middle path, allows you to go south, meeting up with Jake Path at Big Tree Trail, or you can travel west along Owl Path and meet up with Drake Path.

Drake Path is the furthest west of the paths. It connects with Owl Path and then travels south to meet up with the Big Tree Trail Path and can exit out at Jasper’s crossing, the first of the fields you will cross. On Big Tree Trail Path between Hen Path and Drake Path you will find the teepee made from branches made by visitors.

Jasper’s Crossing takes you to Eagle’s Row, which gets its name from the enormous Bald Eagle next that is in the southern part of the wood lot. Please don’t try to get any closer; there is another area that will give you a great view. In Eagle’s Row you can decide to continue your walk or turn north towards the road on the Ladder trail.

Ted’s Crossing is the next field you will cross, taking you into the last woodlot. Here you will decide to take Jack’s Way to the left(south) or Manly’s Way to the right(north). Both will take you around this woodlot and to the picnic area. Jack’s Way will take you to the Eagle Viewing Area, which is directly across from the next. There are many walnut trees in this areas, so please watch your step. You will also get to see the stone wall. It resembles a structure long forgotten but is actually an area where the farmers have piled the rocks from the field.

As you exit hits woodlot going north, you are on the Gazebo path. This path is closed during migration, as to not disturb the birds in the filed. When it is open, it meets up with the Bobolink Trail going east. In the spring, Bobolink enjoy this prairie grass. The High Lane Path runs beside the Ladder Path, and going north you’ll make your way to the road. Boese Path runs along the road, passing on of our gardens and bird houses. It will take you back to the Kennedy Woods Parking and Picnic area.

One last path to mention is the Bennet Pond Loop. Located east of the Kennedy Woods Parking and Picnic Area. It loops around the pond, which is home to many animals and vegetation.

Please stay on designated paths. All Dogs MUST be kept on a leash at all times. Thank you.

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