Potter's Creek Conservation Area at 2061 and 2056 Old Highway 2, Belleville ON contains approximately 7 km of trails that exist throughout a diverse terrain of orchards, meadows, forest, and shoreline. This area consists of two separate trail networks on the north and south sides of Old Hwy 2. The north side trails are a popular destination for hikers and cross-country skiers. The south side trails offer access to the Bay of Quinte and includes a paved loop trail that provides an opportunity for those with accessibility restrictions to spend time in nature.

Take a virtual tour of the south portion with our guided hike story map.

Things to look for

  • Apple orchard
  • Variety of song birds
  • The Bay of Quinte
  • Aquatic wildlife
  • Turtle pond
  • Pollinator meadow
  • Rain garden
  • Demonstration wetland
  • Paved trail to ease accessibility restrictions

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Dog walking (dogs must be leashed at all times)
  • Bird feeding
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Cross country skiing and snowshoeing (trails are not groomed)
  • Nature photography
  • Birding

Amenities

  • Parking lot
  • Portable washroom
  • Picnic tables
  • Water access point

Parking

You must pay to park at this wildlife area. There is a daily parking pass that you can use between areas. A daily pass is valid on the day of purchase between sunrise and sunset. You can buy a daily parking pass through the Mackay Pay app.

Yearly parking passes give you access to all of our areas with paid parking. To buy a yearly pass, call the office during our regular operating hours.

See an issue?

Help us keep our outdoor spaces clean and our wildlife safe! Please report a non-emergency issue or a concern by contacting our office.

Things to keep in mind during your visit

When visiting Potter's Creek, 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