Nature Reserve of the month: Simmons (December 2020)

December 14, 2020

Location and Significant Features: Caledon

The Simmons Nature Reserve is a 52 acre site located in Caledon, which was donated in 2006.

The reserve has a mixture of forest types including mature hardwoods, cedar stand and trembling aspen as well as an old field meadow. This habitat is a perfect home for many wildlife species including: red backed salamanders, wood frogs, cedar waxwings and a species of conservation concern, the Eastern Wood Pewee.

A 3km circular trail was built in 2016 with access off Putney Rd. The property also ties into trails on Town of Caledon property. EBC has been busy fighting a patch of invasive phragmites beside Airport Road.

How do I get there?

Simmons Nature Reserve, Airport Rd, Caledon, ON L7C 1R3. You can park at the turn-around on Putney Rd. by the EBC signs and follow the trail in. The entry trail branches east or west to the perimeter trail which returns after about 3 km to the starting point. Follow EBC’s white blazes and flagging tape. The trail from Putney Rd. does continue as a blue side trail, marked in blue to the northwest corner and can be used as a short cut to return.