Rock Glen Conservation Area
From: all year To: trails, weather permitting
From: May To: October (Museum & Park facilities)
Year Round: YES
By Appointment: 519-235-2610
Hours: 10 am-5 pm, spring/fall weekends; June Wed-Mon; July-Aug. daily
Rock Glen Conservation Area is located two kilometres northeast of Arkona, Ontario, Canada at 8680 Rock Glen Road. Phone gatehouse at 519-828-3071 or phone Ausable Bayfield Conservation office toll-free at 1-888-286-2610 for information.
The admission fee (subject to change) is only $4.00 per person or $3.50 per walk-in. That includes admission to Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre. Two picnic pavilions can be reserved for groups. More and more brides and grooms are being married at Rock Glen Conservation Area.
Driving Directions: From Sarnia or London take Exit #44 off 402 to Arkona on County Rd #79. Park is located on Rock Glen Road, 2 km. outside of Arkona.
Museum and facilities are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May, September, October, weekends, and by appointment or chance; June daily, except Tuesdays; July and August daily. Park is open for walking trails and visiting waterfalls year-round, weather permitting.
Take a hike along the Ausable Gorge or within Rock Glen’s important Carolinian forest to witness many trees, plants and wildlife that are provincially distinct to this area.
The park is home to Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre which houses an impressive collection of Devonian Era fossils and artifacts found in the local area. Stairs, boardwalks and bridges allow visitors to safely explore the steep sides of the glen and the 10.7-metre high waterfall just upstream of the Ausable River. Visitors and amateur paleontologists from all parts of North America have found many fossils in the exposed beds dating back 350 million years. Samples of these ancient treasures include crinoids, brachiopods and trilobites.