Located on Lower Lions Club Rd, about 20 min bus ride from McMaster University, is a 115-acre plot of land known as McMaster Forest Nature Preserve. This area, purchased by the university in the late 1960’s, is being used as a conservation and research forest. Over the past few years many of the invasive species in the area, such as the Buckthorn, have been removed and replaced by natural prairie grasses which are now starting to come out and spread in the area.
For those looking to get their hike on, McMaster Forest is also host to a loop recreational trail that goes far back into its woods and emerges near the start. The recreational trail, however, is unmaintained so caution is required in some areas.
Please note: Many important research projects on conservation are conducted within McMaster Forest. For this reason, we ask visitors to respect the area and stay on trail so as not to disturb the research taking place. If you see any vandalism or research materials broken please report it to McMaster security immediately. Off leash dogs, bikes, camping, and plant collecting are strictly prohibited.