Little Bluff Conservation Area is one of those hidden gems in Prince Edward County. It's down at the southern end of the County where things are very quiet and people (other than the near-by residents) rarely go. I have been there over a dozen times and have yet to see another soul (other than my dog) using this amazing conservation area. The southern end of Prince Edward County is very sparsely populated, so not a whole lot of traffic ever gets out that way. I remember reading a newspaper article a while ago that described the area as being "bucolic" and I had to look up what the word meant, it's an accurate description.
Little Bluff Conservation area is maintained by the Quinte Conservation Authority, not to be confused with the Lower Trent Conservation Authority. It's a Canadian thing, having two levels of quasi-governmental regulating bodies with overlapping jurisdictions when one would do, however, they both seem to be very active in this area.
Little Bluff Conservation area sits on just over 70 acres and has some of the nicest scenery one can imagine. There are over 2.5 kms of trails, but be prepared to wipe spiderwebs from your face, as I had mentioned, it doesn't seem like a lot of people walk through these trails.
There are some clearings where it's possible to sit down and have a picnic or kick a soccer ball around, but if you are coming here, be prepared to allow the scenery to take centre stage. You don't have to be in great shape to take on the trails, for the most part they are flat and easy to navigate. The area sits on top of a 20 metre high limestone bluff and it overlooks Prince Edward Bay, which is the south east corner of the County. There is a trail down the bluff and onto the beach, and you do require sensible shoes to make this trek.
Wildlife, in its less scary forms, is abundant here. Canada geese, mallards, great blue herons, bitterns, Virginia Rails, and a variety of snakes, creepy crawlies, and assorted other species can all be encountered quite readily on your quick jaunt through the park. Make sure to bring your camera when visiting. I haven't visited the park in the winter, but I would imagine its pretty tough slogging when there's snow on the ground.
Despite being in a relatively remote corner of Ontario, Little Bluff does have a very interesting history which is tied in with the American Civil War and other political events on the other side of Lake Ontario in the U.S.A. Some of the remnants of this history are still visible in the park. I will blog about those specific details tomorrow though, as it's worth a blog post of its own.
Needless to say though, if you do ever decide to visit Prince Edward County, Little Bluff Conservation Area is one of the things that should be on your "to do" list.