NeilyWorld Birding Ottawa - Southwest - Stony Swamp Loop
PINHEY FOREST RESERVE: SLACK ROAD
Spring: ** Summer: ** Fall: ** Winter: **
Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 416 take exit 72 (West Hunt Club Road). If northbound, the 0.2 km offramp brings you to Cedarview Road, where you will turn right or SSE onto it and go 0.2 km SSE to West Hunt Club Road, where you will turn left or northeast. If southbound, a 0.4 km offramp dumps onto West Hunt Club Road, where you will turn left or northeast and in 0.4 km join the northbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow West Hunt Club Road northeast for an additional 4.5 km to reach Woodroffe Avenue. Turn right or SSE onto Woodroffe and follow it 1.4 km to Slack Road. Turn left or ENE onto Slack and drive 1.5 km to parking area P15 on the right for Pinhey Forest Reserve: Slack Road trails.
Stony Swamp Loop Route Directions: From the junction of Greenbank Road at Fallowfield travel 2.3 km ENE on Fallowfield Road to Woodroffe Avenue. Turn left or NNW onto Woodroffe and go 2.2 km to Slack Road. Turn right or ENE onto Slack and drive 1.5 km to parking area P15 on the right for Pinhey Forest Reserve: Slack Road trails.
Google Satellite Map of Pinhey Forest Reserve
Site Description and Birding Information: The Pinhey Forest Reserve off Slack Road is in an area of sandy soil and has a picnic area in the pines just off the parking area, P15. A 2.2 km loop trail (32) goes through the forest, much of it pine; and a 1 km loop trail (33) goes off trail 32 near its midpoint on the southwest side. Birds typical of pine forests are found here.
This area is adjacent to the Pinhey Forest Reserve: Nepean Sportsplex area and the trails there can be accessed from the present site by crossing Slack Road from the parking area and locating the trail behind the church there.
Birds to look for here are typical pine forest denizens and, in winter, occasionally less common birds such as Black-backed Woodpeckers (2 - Nov. 5 and 6, 2006).
View of Pinhey Forest Reserve: Slack Road area
Stony Swamp Loop Route Directions: From the parking area for Pinhey Forest Reserve: Slack Road trails, turn left or southwest onto Slack and proceed 1.5 km to Woodroffe Avenue. Turn right or NNW onto Woodroffe and go 1.0 km to the Nepean Sportsplex on your right. Turn right or northeast into the Sportsplex and go around behind to the northeastern corner of the parking lot to the beginning of the trail at the next site on this loop, the Pinhey Forest Reserve: Nepean Sportsplex area.
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Last update: October 25, 2009