Join us on this 5km multimedia hiking experience to discover the abundant wildlife and rich history of Barnum Creek Nature Reserve.
The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust would like to welcome you to the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve. This fabulous 500-acre property was kindly donated to the Land Trust in 2017 by Leopoldina and Margaret Dobrzensky. Historically, from 1865 until the late 1950s, this site was utilized for mixed-farming practices,
despite its shallow and rocky soils. Signs of this difficult farming still exist throughout the area and are
especially evident in the large stone piles still dotting the landscape. The property was last farmed in the late 1950s, when land use reverted to a more forestry-based model. Portions of the property have since been managed for timber harvesting, and have been selectively harvested as recently as 2007, as evidenced by the wide trails you will be exploring. Since being acquired by the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, the property’s main uses are now environmental and wildlife protection, research, education, and low impact recreation.