The H.R. Frink Conservation Area at 381 and 384 Thrasher Road, Plainfield ON has hiking trails on the north side and south side of Thrasher Road for a total of 10 km of trails. 

Explore H.R. Frink

The north side features a network of forested trails leading visitors along the Moira River, around a silver maple swamp, through a mature hardwood forest, and to Parks Creek. The south side of the area contains several more kilometers of trails, including the popular Wetland Ecology Boardwalk. A graveled trail can be found leading from the parking lot to the wetland boardwalk for ease of access throughout the year.

Public parking for this area is located on the south side of Thrasher Road.

Things to look for:

  • The Wetland Ecology Boardwalk and a variety of wetland fauna and flora
  • Spring wildflowers
  • The Moira River
  • Cedar Creek lookout on Parks Creek

Trail Guide

Beginner Trails - 800 m

  • Relatively even terrain
  • Wide trail

Intermediate Trails - 5 km

  • Some elevation gain
  • Some steep sections
  • Uneven terrain

Advanced Trails - 2.9 km

  • Elevation gain
  • Several long, steep sections
  • Rough terrain with muddy sections
  • Seasonal wet/water crossings
  • Narrow trail
  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Nature photography
  • Dog walking (dogs must be leashed at all times)

Things to keep in mind during your visit

When visiting Quinte Conservation's areas, please make sure to:

  • Keep your pets leashed and clean up after them at all times
  • Stay on marked trails
  • Take everything with you, including your pet's waste – there are no garbage bins
  • Never remove natural items

Please note:

  • Overnight camping is not allowed
  • Alcohol is not allowed
  • Campfires are not allowed

Cross-country trails and motorized vehicles

The cross-country skiing trails are not groomed and motorized vehicles are not permitted outside of designated parking areas.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • All-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes
  • Motorized or electric bikes
  • Snowmobiles
  • Cars and SUVs
  • Motorized aerial devices such as drones
HR Frink Conservation Area trail leading to boardwalk
HR Frink Story Map
HR Frink CA Wetland
Guided Audio Hike

Trail map

View the trail map for the H.R. Frink Conservation Area.

Use this native tree guide to compliment your walk along the H.R. Frink Woodland Trail highlighting over 25 tree species.

 A smartphone enabled trail map is also available via the free app Avenza Maps.

How to use Avenza Maps

Once the map is downloaded, you can track your location on the trails without the use of mobile data. Instructions for use are as follows:

  • Install Avenza Maps onto your smartphone (available on iOS and Android).
  • Tap the + button on the bottom right of the "My Maps" page, then select "Download or import a map".
  • Tap the QR icon on the top right and scan QR code provided below.
  • Alternatively, you can search for the Conservation Area in the keyword bar of the app's "Store" page.
  • Tap the "Free" button on the map's page, then confirm the download.
  • Use the map offline at the area, ensuring that location services are turned on.
Download Avenza Maps
Map QR Code


You must pay to park at this conservation area. There is a daily parking pass that you can use between areas. A daily pass is valid on the day of purchase between 6 am to 8 pm. Yearly parking passes are also available. Visit our parking page to learn more. 

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