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Thornton Bales Conservation Area


Locals call it the “99 steps” - Thornton Bales is famed for its dramatic changes in elevation and natural, rugged beauty. Part of the Oak Ridges Moraine, this conservation area is situated on the Greenbelt Route, and designated as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). Here you’ll find a greater vertical elevation change than the drop over Niagara Falls! For those looking for a nature walk under deep forest canopy, the roughly 4.5 km loop of zigzagging trails are a great choice for individuals and families. For those who are sure footed and in search of more of a challenge, check out the steps and the hills as well (beware of ice in the winter months!). The trail system provides access to the Koffler-Bales side trail, and traverses ravines and areas where tree roots are prominent. Bring your good walking shoes, and discover the dramatic seclusion of this beautiful conservation area!

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