Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area was established in 1962 by the Halton Region Conservation Authority. Located in Milton, Ontario Rattlesnake Point covers 262 hectares (644 acres) along the Niagara Escarpment.
Legend has it that Rattlesnake Point received it's name from the Timber Rattlesnake, plentiful in the early 1800's but extinct today A group of sailors, having abandoned their ship in Hamilton Harbour proceeded up the cliffs to gain a better view of their departing vessel.
What they discovered along the rocky cliffs were 100's of snakes sunning themselves on the rocks. Others believe the area received it's name from the snake-like path of the cliff edge.
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area is a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers. The park offers ten kms of forest trails along cliff edges and woodlands. The park trails also connect with the Bruce Trail and the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.
At Rattlesnake Point Conservation visitors can view some of the oldest trees in Ontario. The white cedars found along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment are believed to be over 600 years old.
The park is a wonderful location to view Southern Ontario's magnificent scenery. There are a limited number of campsites available for family and group camping.
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