Journeys in ancient and old growth forests
Stephen's Gulch Conservation Area 
The conservation area includes wet cedar-hemlock forest with groundwater springs, dry sandy ridges with butternut trees and pine plantations, and a small area of old-growth maple-hemlock forest
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Size: 106 ha
Age of oldest known trees: 140 years
Forest Type: Mixed Hardwood and Hemlock 
Conservation Status: Protected 
Land Use Designation: Conservation Area, ANSI 
Dominant Species: Eastern Hemlock
Stephen’s Gulch Conservation Area (North of Bowmanville) borders Soper Creek, and includes a cedar-hemlock swamp that help maintain both water quantity (through seeps and springs) and water temperature along this section the Soper Creek. From the parking area, the right fork will lead you into the cedar swamp with hemlock becoming more abundant as you go. As you climb back into a more upland forest the ages of the trees increase, and despite some historical disturbance there is a fairly nice old-growth sugar maple and hemlock forest here. Ring counts of trees cut from the trail indicate the forest is 130-140 years old, with some trees possibly older.
Latitude: 43.96550           Longitude: -78.67630

Google Map Link:,-78.67630

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Directions: From Highway 115, drive 6.5 km west on Taunton Rd, turn left (south) on Bethesda Rd, drive 1.3 km then turn left (east) on Stephens Mill Rd and drive 500 m to the entrance of the conservation area

Hiking Trail:
  Stephen's Mill Trail
  Length: 3.0km
  Difficulty(1=Easy, 10=Hard): 3
  Location: 43.96618, -78.67830
  Trail is open seasonally or hiking, biking or skiing