Stroll through a historic forest
Steckle Woods: Bleams Road at Homer Watson, Kitchener
Cover Photo Credits: © 2016 Roger Suffling
EcoPost 5.1. Steckle woods is a forested City of Kitchener Park. This favourite spot for Sunday walks is especially fine in May with Trilliums blooming, and with Fall maples. Hike the 1km loop trail. On the way we’ll show you some land use and ecological history that you surely wouldn’t have guessed!
Things To Do
Steckle woods is an upland woodlot with mature maple-beech forest that has been here since before European settlement. The forest has been maturing since a forest fire disturbed it in 1805. The trail is usually dry and easy, whether during spring flower season or when leaves are golden in fall. Several EcoPosts reveal hidden details of past events including grazing and gravel pit activity.
These attractions are nearby: Steckle Woods Heritage Farm, Ken Seiling Waterloo Regional Museum, Homer Watson House art gallery, Homer Watson Park and Huron Natural Area.
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The two small car parks are off Bleams Road, immediately west of Homer Watson Boulevard.
Biking: A roadside trail is being built (fall 2019) to approach Steckles Woods from North or South along Homer Watson Boulevard. The woods themselves are not set up for biking.
By Bus: For bus access take Route 12 (bus stop on Bleams Road just East of Steckle woods), or Route 26 (bus stop at the junction of Bleams and Homer Watson)
Maps and Trails
There is a loop trail on the property with a connection to Homer Watson Boulevard at the Southeast corner.
|This area is not wheelchair accessible|
|Boating not applicable|
|Dogs must be leashed. Please pick up after them!|
|This park is not suitable for road bikes and not exciting for dirt bikers! Leave your bike at the car park.|