Cave Springs

Notice

Please be advised that a construction project is taking place at Cave Springs August 17 and 18, 2022. The area will be closed to the public

905-788-3135

3949 Cave Spring Rd, Lincoln, ON L0R 1G0

info@npca.ca

Year round, Sunrise to Sunset

Parking
Weddings
Picnic
Sailing
Fire
Boating
Water Skiing
Canoeing
Fishing
Geocaching
Camping
Forest
Hiking
Birding
Swimming
BBQ
RV
Cabin
Beach
Volleyball
Playground
Hunting
Winter
Splashpad
Ziplining
Wakeboarding
Paddleboarding
Washroom

SUMMER UPDATE

An exciting project is underway to enhance access to the Cave Springs Conservation Area, while maintaining the site’s significant natural and cultural aspects. The Cave Springs Enhancement Project includes:

  • New parking area to accommodate 16 vehicles
  • Various Low Impact Development elements, including a rain garden and bio-retention area
  • Improved 400-metre accessible trail
  • New trail system and wayfinding to complement the Bruce Trail
  • Interpretive and educational signage on the site’s natural, geological, and cultural heritage, local and Indigenous histories, and recognition of the late Margaret Reed 
  • Learn more and Get Involved! 

This property features spectacular vistas overlooking Lake Ontario and the old Lake Iroquois shore, and is an exquisite representation of the Niagara Escarpment’s talus slopes and cliffs. The escarpment rim and bedrock plain forests are dominated by Sugar Maples. The rich and unique diversity of plants and habitat on these rare escarpment features provide a linear migration corridor for animals and plants.

The cultural folklore and mystique of Cave Springs is as rich as its natural diversity. The late Margaret Reed, from whom the property came to NPCA, fondly spoke of the spring’s reputation as a ‘fountain of youth’. There is a famous ice cave, once used for refrigeration, which was regrettably blocked by a failed expansion attempt. There is an underground lake, a wartime hideout, mysterious rock carvings, and a nearby native North American encampment site.

Access to this area is by the Bruce Trail only. There are no parking or washroom facilities. The residence and barn area are private property with no public access. NPCA is in the process of implementing the Cave Springs Master Plan.

INFORMATION EN FRANCAIS

Cet endroit présente une vue spectaculaire du lac Ontario et des rives du vieux lac Iroquois, et une représentation magnifique des talus escarpés et des falaises de l’escarpement du Niagara. Les bordures de l’escarpement et la forêt de la plaine de substrat rocheux sont principalement composés d’érables à sucre. La riche et unique diversité des plantes et habitats sur ces rares caractéristiques de l’escarpement fournit un corridor linéaire de migration pour les animaux et plantes.

La culture folklore et mystique de Cave Springs est aussi riche que sa diversité naturelle. La regrettée Margaret Reed, dont la propriété se trouvait sur le territoire de Conservation Niagara, a évoqué avec émotion la réputation de Cave Spring comme étant une ‘fontaine de jouvence’. On y trouve une grotte de glace célèbre, utilisée autrefois pour la réfrigération, qui a été malheureusement bloquée par une tentative manquée d’expansion. On y trouve également un lac souterrain, un refuge du temps de la guerre, de mystérieuses sculptures sur pierre, et un campement autochtone nord-américain tout près.