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Crediton Conservation Area

An image of Crediton Conservation Area sign at gate.
Where is Crediton Conservation Area?

Address: 39199 Crediton Road, Crediton, Ontario

How do I get there?

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Open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted

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Recreational Trails 

Explore the Crediton Conservation Area on foot by hiking or snowshoeing. 


The Crediton Conservation Area is a great place for a picnic. 


Fishing is permitted in compliance with applicable legislation. Outdoor Cards and Fishing Licences can be purchased from Service Ontario and other licence issuers. Please release any fish caught out of season. 
You may find a number of native species in Parkhill Creek.

Rules and Regulations

CAUTION: These are nature trails. Trail surfaces may be slippery or uneven. Be especially careful during windy, wet and icy conditions. 

Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment for your preferred trail activity. 
Stay away from fast-flowing water. 

  • Rules protect the environment, you and your fellow users. These rules must be followed and are be enforced under the Conservation Authorities Act and Trespass to Property Act
  • Please refer to signs and entrance kiosks for permitted and prohibited activities. 
  • The property is closed to the public between sunset and sunrise. 
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, e-bikes, horses, hunting, drones, alcohol use, fires and camping are not permitted. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash, under control, and you must clean up after your dog. Ensure your pet does not damage or interfere with vegetation or wildlife and does not interfere with others’ enjoyment.
  • Do not remove or damage plants, trees, wildlife, signs or structures. 
  • Stay on the trails and respect neighbouring landowners. 
  • Fishing is permitted in compliance with applicable legislation.  
  • Don’t litter.

Please report vandalism and incidents to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Tips to Enjoy your Visit

Be aware of the following to help you enjoy your visit. 

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a common, native plant in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed. 
‘Leaves of three, let it be. Berries white, take flight.’ Leaves may either have smooth edges or a few coarse teeth and may appear shiny. If you come into contact with Poison Ivy wash the affected area with hot soap and water as soon as possible, launder clothes in hot water. 

Habitat: Open woods, fields and roadsides, disturbed areas. 

Picture of Poison Ivy – pending

Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed is an invasive, non-native plant introduced from Asia. It has large, flat-topped to slightly dome-shaped flower (similar to Queen Anne’s Lace/Wild Carrot) and seed head and a bumpy or bristly stem. It can grow up to five metres in height. Skin contact with Giant Hogweed sap may cause severe skin rashes when exposed to sunlight.

Habitat: Roadsides, streambanks, waste areas, yards 

Picture of Giant Hogweed – pending

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle is from between half a metre in height to three metres tall. Stems and leaves are covered with short, stinging hairs which can cause irritation and inflammation if touched with bare skin. Flowers are in clusters with separate flowers attached by short stalks along a central stem about 1-7 centimetres long. 

Picture of Stinging Nettle – Pending 


Ticks are present in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed. 

  • Wear light-coloured clothing, so it’s easier to see ticks
  • Wear closed-toed shoes
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts
  • Wear long pants, tucked into your socks
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • After outdoor activity put your clothes in the dryer

Check yourself and your children:

  • Behind your knees
  • On your head
  • In your belly button
  • In your groin area
  • In your underarm area
  • On the back of your body – use a mirror, or ask someone to check for you

It’s a good idea to have a shower as soon as you can to wash off any ticks.

If you discover a tick on your body remove it, place the tick in a secure container and contact your local public health unit 

Directions for removal can be found here: 

Why should I visit?

Crediton Conservation Area is a small day-use park in Crediton managed by the Municipality of South Huron.

The picnic area and arboretum are appropriate uses of the flood plain.

The arboretum commemorates 50 years of Ausable Bayfield Conservation tree planting and demonstrates various trees the public could plant on their properties.

Crediton residents use the conservation area for brief walks and access to the Ausable River for canoeing.

The area could be a turn-around area for residents who walk along the community's sidewalks.

There are no longer any picnic tables in the pavilion and the old privies have been removed.

There is a dog park:

Dog Park 

The Crediton Conservation Area has a fenced area where dogs are permitted to be off-leash.

Dogs must be under control and well-behaved.

Dog owners/handlers are responsible for the behavior of their dogs and need to adhere to the 'stoop and scoop' bylaw.

Permitted Uses

For permitted (and prohibited) uses, please visit the 'Permitted Uses' at Crediton Conservation Area visit the web page at this link:

Conservation Areas

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties, including conservation areas and trails, are open for public use. 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has nine conservation areas where you can enjoy nature and stay active and learn about how to protect soil, water, and living things. 

These areas have trails and parking lots. Some have privies. They are open year-round but there is no winter maintenance and most parking lots are not maintained in the winter

To learn more about conservation areas and plan your next visit, please click:

The ABCA owns thousands of acres of environmentally significant lands which are mostly forested. There is no formal trail system but people are welcome to visit for nature appreciation. 

For information on all conservation lands (including conservation areas) visit:

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