The preserve is 38-hectares (94.5 acres) of regenerating forest habitat located in York County on the Kingsley road in Estey’s Bridge.
The Seymour Woodlands Nature Preserve is within traditional Wolastoqiyik territory. The preserve was donated in 2017 by Judith Seymour to keep this land, with deep ties to her family, protected in perpetuity. The preserve has a historic use of farming and firewood harvesting; the last harvesting happened in the 1970’s. There are old hay fields on the north-west portion of the nature preserve that are currently growing into alders and large wild black/raspberry patches. An old apple orchard is also on the preserve, indicating that there was probably a homestead in the past.
The nature preserve dominated by birch and balsam fir contains white spruce, eastern white cedar, red maple, trembling aspen, black ash, yellow birch, hemlock, larch and large pine trees. Mill Brook runs diagonally throughout the preserve and eventually into the Nashwaaksis Stream, providing important habitat for deer, forest birds, fish, frogs, porcupine and other wildlife.
Access and Activities
Currently there is parking available at the Seymour Cemetery Inc., 112 Kingsley Rd., to access the preserve. To access the trailhead, walk (or drive) all the way to the top of the cemetery hill, and the signage will guide you from that point. There is a 1.3 km marked looped trail throughout the preserve.
*The property is undeveloped and there are a variety of hazards and risks associated with accessing this preserve. While this nature preserve is open for public access, visitors must assume responsibility for their own actions and safety and are to use the land at their own risk.