DISCOVER THE PROVINCIALLY SIGNIFICANT SOPER VALLEY AREA
360 STEPHENS MILL RD
Deciduous and coniferous forest, and swamp with seeps and springs, and beautiful spring ephemerals.
3 km of trails (trails not maintained in winter)
Pay-and-display parking, $6/vehicle/day (Visa or MasterCard only)
Pets permitted on leash
Located north of Bowmanville, Stephen's Gulch Conservation Area protects a large area of deciduous forest and coniferous forest/swamp that help maintain both water quantity (through seeps and springs) and water temperature along a significant section of Soper Creek. Stephen's Gulch Conservation Area also includes a portion of the provincially significant Soper Valley Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. Visitors will enjoy the 3 km looped trail through the forest and valleyland and the spring ephemerals that create a carpet of colour at Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area.
Now open year round.
Have your cameras and phones ready for photos and videos as you never know what you might see.
Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area’s parking lot was expanded in 2022, as more and more people are seeking opportunities to enjoy local nature. Funding for this expansion project came from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
MAINTAINED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Trail Stewards (CATS)
Our Conservation Area Trail Stewards program was initiated in January 2020 in an effort to improve the experience for our visitors and help keep the wildlife safe and wild. Identified by their yellow 'Volunteer' vests, these trained volunteers visit our conservation areas at least once a month to engage and educate visitors, and maintain the trails.