O’Hara Mill Conservation Area in Madoc: Trail Report

O’Hara Mill Conservation Area in Madoc: Trail Report

O'Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area is rich with history and beautiful backdrops. With 2kms of trails, you'll take a stroll through time with it's Mill, ponds, log homes and interpretive signs.

Suggested Stops

Hmmmm, up for a cold one? 7/62 Craft Brewery in Madoc has a small patio to enjoy outdoors and a good range of craft beers to enjoy. If you’re on your way back to towards Ottawa then I’d suggest stop in along Hwy 7 in Perth for a culinary treat host hike at The Hungry 7 with a beer from Perth Brewery. Or venture in town and see our friends at Artizen Kombucha, Perth Pie, and Perth Cheese Shop. There is plenty to explore in Perth and a few hiking spots as well like Purdon Conservation and Perth Wildlife Reserve.

Important Insights

Directly from O’Hara Mill, “Please remember these trails are for hiking. We ask that you do not litter, do not disturb the native environment and do not pick, dig or carry out any plants. Our aim is to keep all trails in their natural state.” Bring cash donation to support, donation boxes on site near covered bridge.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Mississauga, and Wendake-Nionwentsïo people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

O’Hara Mill Conservation Area is managed by O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area.

GPS Coordinates

44.516576831782096, -77.52656737283053

Street Address

638 Mill Rd, Madoc, ON K0K 2K0


417 West to Hwy 7 South. Stay on Hwy 7 until you reach Madoc. Pass the Hwy 62 intersection. Turn right (west) on O’Hara Road. Turn left on Mill Road.


Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception



Outhouses located at the parking lot.



Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map


Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)


Cell Reception



Woodlands, Interpretive Signs, Picnic Area


Hiking, Birding, Nature Centre, Geocaching


Permitted on-leash.

Trail Description

There are actually 7 small trails on the property that include: Heritage Trail: 800m, gold markers. Fern Trail: 250m, blue markers. Lois Wishart Way: 1km, red markers. McEathron Trail: 1.75km, green markers. Deer Creek Trail: 210m, white markers. Woodland Trail: 460m, lime green markers. Creekside Trail: 450m, orange markers. All trails are well marked and maintained. The path is 1 person wide on some trails, and 3-4 person wide on others. Elevation is minimal. Mostly forest land. An old beaver pond, birds, geocaching, stepping stones, creeks, heritage buildings, and bridges. Lois Wishart Way is an interpretive trail , with signage helping you discover and identify various tree species. The best view points are arguably not on the trails, but actually just enar the parking lot as you look out over the pond with the wood fences, old trees, and covered bridge in the background.

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