Thanks to the foresight of Dr. John Lawson, long-time Ingersoll resident and family physician, a beautiful 15 ha tract of “provincially significant” Carolinian woodland and wetland has been saved in South West Oxford for all to enjoy. Now owned by Ontario Nature, with stewardship provided by the Ingesoll District Nature Club, the property features an interesting mix of forest vegetation and wetlands.
Over the years, club members have developed an extensive trail system and installed benches, picnic tables, an outhouse, interpretive signs as well as numerous bird feeders and nesting boxes.
There is no entry fee, all are free to come and enjoy the Lawson Nature Reserve.
The primary management goals for the Lawson Nature Reserve are to safeguard habitats for endangered species, protect biological diversity and create opportunities for recreation and nature appreciation.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the trails, but are asked to take only pictures and leave only footprints. Dog owners are asked to “Stoop and Scoop” – bags are provided. Fire pits, horse back riding and bicycles are strictly prohibited.
Please visit our PHOTOS page for more pictures from the Lawson Nature Reserve.
How do I get there?
From Ingersoll Exit 216 on Hwy 401, go south approximately 4 km on Culloden Road (County Rd 10).
Turn left (east) on McBeth Road and drive 1.5 km.
Watch for #363685 on the left – signage is easily visible.
There is a small parking area adjacent to the gate, and additional parking is allowed along the road
Visit our Trail System page for details and a map of the various trails at the Lawson Nature Reserve
You may also wish visit the Ontario Trails Council website for more details on the trail within the Lawson Nature Reserve