Autumn air is fresh and sweet, providing the perfect temperature to get out into the forest and enjoy the beauty of nature while getting some exercise with your family and friends. Durham region is known for its rolling hills and picturesque landscapes with hiking trails for people of all ages. This year, enjoy the great outdoors by visiting one of our favourite outdoor places in Durham to hike or visit this fall!

Second Marsh Wildlife Area

At the Second Marsh Wildlife Area there are over 120 acres of land which offer visitors hiking trails, natural landscapes, and an educational experience about the restoration of the marshland. This vast expanse of wetlands, open water, and cattails plays host to over 380 plant species, 308 bird species, and many other different types of wildlife. The bright fall colours contrasting with the serenity of the calm waters make this spot one of the best to visit when the cooler weather sets in.

Secord Forest

Located near Uxbridge, in the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Secord Forest is the perfect location to spend time with your family meandering through the trails while learning some of the history of the area. Once a sawmill in 1907, the trails pass by a man-made pond that was created by a dam when the sawmill was in operation. Now, visitors can enjoy a walk through the woods and enjoy various plant species and wildlife.

Parkwood Estate National Historic Site

As Canada’s last standing estate, the Parkwood Mansion is the perfect way to spend an afternoon learning about the lifestyle of the upper and lower classes in our country in 1915. The mansion itself offers a glimpse into the past, while the grounds offer a gorgeous garden to tour with the opportunity to enjoy the cool fall air. Immerse yourself in history and architectural beauty, and spend a fall afternoon learning about the past.

Treetop Eco Adventure Park

If you are seeking adventures and thrills this fall, spend a day scaling ropes, climbing platforms, and challenging yourself at Treetop Eco Adventure Park. This high-rope adventure park offers a network of thrilling treetop obstacles, ziplines, axe throwing, archery, and more. With more challenging options for older crowds and a junior course for younger children, this park is an ideal place to bring your family for a fun experience in the cooler fall weather.

Heber Down Conservation Area

Just on the outskirts of the city of Whitby lies a gorgeous conservation area with hiking trails and picturesque views of the local landscapes. Heber Down Conservation Area is a plot of land that is over 600 acres of mixed forests, marshes, and picnic spots for people of all ages to enjoy. With a variety of different trails ranging from flat, paved surfaces to more challenging hiking, it is an excellent way to spend a day enjoying the outdoors with your family this fall.

Whether you are seeking a thrilling adventure, or you are looking for an easy trail to meander along, Durham Region has many places to enjoy and visit this fall. For more suggestions on our favourite outdoor places, visit the Falconcrest Homes Blog.

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