Spend some time in the pristine nature at Crawford Lake Conservation Area, a forested reserve steeped in rich history. Nature trails in the area total around 19 km (12 mi); tackle them on foot, or with snowshoes or cross-country skis in the cold season. Named after the meromictic lake that lies at the heart of this conservation, the site is home to endemic turtle species. The area also has a reconstructed village modeled after one that used to belong to the indigenous Iroquois that lived here centuries ago; check the schedule of events for visiting times. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Crawford Lake Conservation Area and many more Milton attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Milton trip itinerary planning site .
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Our family enjoyed our trip to Crawford Lake. The visitor's center runs a short film that reviews the history of the site. Check with them to find out when they run the tours of the longhouse. There a... more »
We love going to Crawford Lake and hiking the boardwalk loop around the lake. It’s an easy walk and having a snack and hot chocolate in the gift shop afterwards is always nice. The long houses are fil... more »
Visited and did some snow shoewing. Rented the snowshoes at the park. They have nice trails and it was quiet beautiful with all of the snow. Great to spend a morning or afternoon. more »
Crawford Lake is one of the best parks in the area. The village is very well kept and educational for all ages. Trails in the area cater to all kinds of people from the easy boardwalk trail around the lake (stroller friendly) to the long valley hike trail all the way to Rattlesnake point. Plenty of picnic areas are also easily accessible, it is easy to get there in the morning and spend the entire day exploring the village and trail systems. Plenty of winter activities also. Get out there and explore!
Fantastic park. Wonderfully unspoiled. Great canyon. Really good extended hikes. Well managed. Indian village and kids attractions are wonderful. Strongly recommended.
Crawford lake conservation area has something for everyone; a short, easy but beautiful walk around Crawford lake itself along the wooden elevated walkways (perfect for families and people scared of getting dirty), the Escarpment hike-a bit of a more challenging hike along rocky paths and Limestone gaps with steep glorious views, and then there are even more trails deep into the woods. The further you get from the main parking area, the more wildlife you are likely to see, the closer areas are a bit noisy. The eager hiker can even walk to Rattlesnake point apparently, but we didn't get that far. For families and history buffs alike the Longhouses are an amazing treat. Sitting in the serenity of the cedar thatched building, listening to the wind, touching the furs and smelling the cedar, one can easily imagine life here 600 years ago. Really cool. There are tours daily too and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable. Two thumbs up!
Great place for nature visits all year round. Visited for snowshoeing on great trails. Snowshoe were available for rent. Visit as part of girl guild field trip.
Great place for a stroll through the woods! Crawford Lake offers different levels of hiking difficulty, depending on how aggressively you typically hike. All trails from the parking lot are basic and great for family outings! Some trails are smooth enough for strollers, if you have young ones, or wheel chairs if that's the case. But if you prefer a little more challenge then head deeper onto the trials and you'll find rocks and roots to hope over and a fairly challenging trail that heads right to Rattlesnake point! (which is another fantastic hiking place) They have enough trails to keep you active for a short while or a long 2 hour walk, whichever you prefer. the views here are half decent, there are some lookout points along the trails but mostly you will want to come to check out the amazing native displays they have reconstructed! Crawford Lake offers some historical background information as well as a super cool village you can walk through and check out what life used to be like for the natives way back when! Definitely worth a day trip for the family or on your own!
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