Length: 3 km trail system
Time: 60-90 minutes
Located in the small community of Russell, Ontario is the W.E. Burton Conservation Area. This park on the Castor River has a picnic area as well as three kilometres of hiking trails. Parking is located off Church Street at N45 15.547 W075 20.860.
The Castor River is part of the South Nation Watershed which also home to the Russell Dam and Reservoir. As you follow the trail there are several spots where you can enjoy a nice view river and dam.
Not far from the dam is a open field which houses a covered picnic area. If you're with the family, this is a great spot to take a quick break and enjoy a snack. The river around the dam is fenced in so there are no worries about the little ones getting too close to the water.
The W.E. Conservation area is a great spot to take the family or dog for an afternoon hike. With the exception of a few roots, the trail is wheelchair friendly and an enjoyable trek for all.