York Forests - Davis Drive Tract - McCowan Side

July 23, 2021  •  1 Comment

by Paul Naish
July 23, 2021

There are two separate sets of trails, separated by a railroad track, that are part of the David Drive Tract (see page 42). I tried the McCowan road side.

Google Maps has a bit of a problem with it's address of  17242 McCowan Road. The trail entrance, with parking lot, do not show up on Street View. The parking is on the west side of McCowan between Vivian Road and Davis Drive. It looks like it is fairly new but easy to find.

I was attracted to explore this because of the large pond that the trail went around and it's outflow creek. Unfortunately, the pond was not that impressive; no signs of life except I did hear a frog. The outflow creek was a trickle so this pond is either spring fed or simply collects rain.

I only spent 45 minutes there and walk about 1.5KM (red portion). That includes the part of trail marked in yellow. I had a hard time finding this section and the exit by the parking lot has been blocked by new fencing. It doesn't look like they are planning on keeping that section open.

If you go, the entrance to the trail is at the back left hand corner of the extended parking

Some pictures of the pond with the outflow pipe 

Davis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan Road; page 42 Davis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan Road; page 42

Davis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan Road; page 42

Some other photos I took.

Davis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan Road; page 42 Davis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan Road; page 42 Davis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan RoadDavis Drive Tract - McCowan Road; page 42


Comments

Jill Eloise McWhinnie(non-registered)
Great information Paul. Often the directions are not that clear on the websites etc so it's great when someone has been there and can make an assessment of th site for others visiting.
Photos nicely done, as always.
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