Sheffield Conservation Area at 8032 County Road 41, Erinsville ON is nestled within the Canadian Shield. The area offers an advanced 4.5 km trail that loops through the property and provides hikers with birds-eye view of Little Melon Lake. The area also contains a water access point for launching a canoe or kayak. Part of the property is home to a dark sky viewing area that is maintained by the county of Lennox and Addington. Inexperienced hikers may find the trail challenging. Proper footwear should always been worn. Depending on skill level, it may take up to 6 hours to complete the loop. Make sure to always have plenty of drinking water available before starting the hike.

View trail map for Sheffield Conservation Area.

Things to look for

  • Little Melon Lake lookout


  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Dog walking (dogs must be leashed at all times)
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing and kayaking


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


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. 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.

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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