Vanderwater Conservation Area at 512 Vanderwater Road, Thomasburg ON is located along the banks of the Moira River. Visitors can explore a trail network consisting of 16 km that will lead them through mature forests and to the Moira River where the water cascades over a series of limestone steps.

Take a virtual tour with our guided hike story map.

View trail map for Vanderwater Conservation Area.

Things to look for

  • Rapids
  • Pine plantation


  • Hiking
  • Cross country skiing and snowshoeing (trails are not groomed)
  • Dog walking (dogs must be leashed at all times)
  • Picnicking


  • Parking lot
  • Picnic tables
  • Picnic shelter
  • Portable washroom


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.

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 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