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 Potter's Creek south with our guided hike story map.

Trail map

View trail map for Potter's Creek Conservation Area. 

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

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
  • Passive Biking
    • Passive Biking is recognized by Quinte Conservation as the activity in which individuals on bicycles traverse designated trails outlined by the Authority at a leisurely pace that would not pose a danger to trail users or wildlife, and would have minimal environmental impact.

Amenities

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

Parking through PayByPhone 

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 sunrise and sunset. Yearly parking passes are also available. Visit our parking page to learn more. 

See an issue?

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

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

Potter's Creek Conservation Area WINS BEST OF THE BAY

Potter's Creek Conservation Area was has won the 2022 vote for Best Trail and Best Geocaching Location under the Regionscape category! Visit Bay of Quinte Tourism online to learn more about Best of the Bay categories and other winners. 

Best of the Bay illustration