Holland River Trail
This trail is part of the Rogers Reservoir Conservation area. It starts on the west side of 2nd Concession on the south side of the Holland River beside the dam and one of the locks from the old canal system. There is a plaque with some interesting historical information by the lock.
This wide gravel trail heads west along the south side of the river and traverses several different habitat types. Mixed deciduous forest and shrubs are on both sides of the river. Sometimes a beaver can be seen in the river along this stretch of the trail. This is a loop trail with several choices available. At the foot bridge, you can cross the bridge to the north side of the river and continue west on a smaller footpath. There is also access to the trail here from Holland River Blvd.
You can also follow the south side of the river on the smaller footpath that continues to the west. On your left you will see a depression that was the former route of the river that was straightened for canal construction. The former river bed has formed wetlands in some areas. Next along the river, (on both sides) there are open grasslands. If you are lucky, towards the far western end of the trail, you may see an eastern meadowlark or a rare bobolink.
This trail also circles back to 2nd Concession. Along the way, you will also see evidence of sand extraction pits. This area has also had some pine tree reforestation and planting along the river banks to restore riparian cover.
The Region of York is undertaking a dramatic transformation of 2nd Concession where it crosses the Holland River. Changes to the trail system and access points should be anticipated.