Durham Conservation Area is an ideal campground nestled along a picturesque stretch of the winding Saugeen River and boasts 2 sand beaches. With over 200 campsites, it is also just a leisurely trek into the heart of the Durham town centre. It covers over 61 ha (150 acres) including over 3 kms (2 miles) of Saugeen River frontage. Scenic McGowan Falls is one of the highlights of this beautiful park. A wide variety of activities can be enjoyed year-round within the park, by both campers and day-users. Day use fee applies in Conservation Area.
Within the Durham Conservation Area McGowan Falls takes the name of an early miller who used the waterpower of the Saugeen River at this site. Popular with anglers, the falls here are more gradual than some, yet scenic in their setting of cedars.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Distance: 96 km
- Surface: Paved/short gravel
- Start: Durham Library