More About Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Sight-seeing at Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Terra Cotta Conservation Area consists of 485 acres of unique natural environment that has gone through significant changes over the years and is now an excellent representation of the Niagara Escarpment features. The Area, for many years, was previously used as a recreational facility with campsites, parking lots and a large swimming pool. In the interest of restoring this property to its natural state the campsites have been replanted, the parking lots re-vegetated and the swimming pool removed and replaced by an award winning wetland, used as a learning tool illustrating to visitors the importance of wetlands.

Whether it’s the brief flash of a white-tailed deer bounding into the woods, the sound of a pileated woodpecker finding its insect meal or the simple peace of sitting by a quiet pond, we hope you enjoy the natural beauty and opportunities offered at Terra Cotta Conservation Area.

Visitors Welcome Centre

The Visitors Welcome Centre is located just north of the main parking lot. Here you can come to find out more information on the area , buy snacks and merchandise and rent cross country skis or snowshoes; you will also find our washroom facilities are housed in this building.

Watershed Learning Centre

The Watershed Learning Centre is located just south of the main parking lot, take the trail to the left of the main map kiosk and follow the signs. New and exciting Landscapes for Learning education programs will be taking place at this recently renovated facility.

Landscapes for Learning Public Events

Take part in a series of year-round programs that range from guided nature hikes, wildlife drawing classes, presentations by accomplished authors, hands-on workshops and fascinating demonstrations. All programs are open to the public and educators and take place in our newly renovated Watershed Learning Centre. Programs are generally included with regular admission. For more information on these programs, please visit


Terra Cotta is a trail lover’s paradise. A variety of trails take visitors past the forests, fields, lakes and ponds of the Niagara Escarpment surroundings and let you experience natural settings, so close to urban and rural developments. The trails at Terra Cotta accommodate all levels of trail users, from beginner to expert with a variety of terrains and distances. Please note in the winter months Terra Cotta Lane and McGregor Spring Pond trail are designated for cross-country skiing only. Great loop trails for hiking and snowshoeing include the wetland trail and the AF Coventry trail.