Total area: 1250 acres
Address: 502 Hills of Peace Rd, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
Parking: Limited parking at the start of the trail.
Total Length of Trails: 5 km (return) of marked trails to the lookout. If you wish to explore other trails on the property, guided tours are available by calling Howard or Jean Clifford at (613) 259-3412.
Terrain/Accessibility: A gradual climb through forest and beside a waterfall, with a short (185 m), steep climb to reach the lookout. It is suitable for hiking or snowshoeing.
Dogs: Permitted. Must be kept on a leash and waste picked up and removed.
iNaturalist: MMLT encourages you to submit your plant and wildlife observations at cliffLAND to iNaturalist
Please sign the liability waiver form located at the Welcome Kiosk. (Not necessary during COVID-19).
The Land Trust negotiated its first Conservation Easement Agreement with the Clifford Family in February 2009 on an exceptional pristine wilderness property near Flower Station, formerly known as the Alba Wilderness School. It is the second largest legally protected area in Lanark County, after Murphy’s Point Provincial Park. The Agreement stipulates that the landscape will be permitted to develop naturally into a mature old growth forest and activities such as logging, hunting and trapping and the use of motorized vehicles will be restricted.
Blueberry Mountain was voted by county residents as one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County and is climbed by over 2000 visitors each year, both young and old. Some of these nature lovers have been inaugurated into the 80 Plus Club and there are two youth clubs as well, one for under 5 years and one for under 12. The property is gaining a reputation of becoming a recreational and nature mecca.
CliffLAND is open to the public to come for hikes or to be used by groups for nature education. A network of hiking trails on the property lead to such scenic natural features as Blueberry Mountain and Pike’s Peak, two of the highest elevations in Lanark County. As you hike up the mountain trail you follow a picturesque waterfall which tumbles down a series of rock cliffs.
The forest includes maple, beech, oak, spruce, pine and cedar. There is a 150-year-old pine grove and an old cedar grove which includes an ancient tree over 300 years old. Also found on the property is the secluded Mann Lake, inaccessible by road.
In some places, particularly cliffs and rock barrens of various types along the trail to the top of Blueberry Mountain, trees have not become established. In these areas certain plants that live in areas not shaded by trees can be found. On the top of Blueberry Mountain, for example, there are indeed blueberry plants (Vaccinium angustifolium). Near the blueberry shrubs, other cliff and rock barren plants can be seen, such as Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). Closer to the edge of the cliff, and even growing out of cracks, is Bristly Sarsaparilla (Aralia hisipida). Also growing here is quite a special fern, Rusty Woodsia (Woodsia ilvensis). Less conspicuous plants include Bastard Toadflax (Comandra umbellata), Pinweed (Lechea intermedia) and Cow-wheat (Melamphyrum lineare). There is even a wild orchid, Slender Ladies’ Tresses (Spiranthes lacera). The dry conditions here cause plants to grow very slowly.