Wildwood Interpretive Forest
- forested trails
- mountain biking
- horseback riding
Wildwood Forest road map [PDF - 881 KB]
Puntledge - Black Creek (Area 'C')
Between Burns & Piercy Roads
Natural Features and History
If you are wanting an easy hike through tall trees, sword ferns and huckleberry bushes go for a wander at Wildwood. Located just 7km (10 minute drive) from downtown Courtenay several trail heads provide convenient access to this 276 ha (682 acre) block of wilderness. Go for a short outing or enjoy a three hour loop. You are just as likely to encounter a bear here as you are other trail users in this quiet forest retreat.
The forest is Crown land reserved for forestry, wildlife and recreation. The Comox Valley Regional District manages the trails in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The RSTBC first improved the trail network in 1996 with the regional district stepping in to help maintain the facilities in 2002. The trails follow logging roads, old rail grades, utility easements and some narrow meandering dirt tracks.
The Bob Webb Trail links Burns and Brazier Roads connecting to another 8km of trail along the historical One Spot. Along the Bob Webb Trail near Brazier Road look north for a footpath through a cluster of stout Douglas firs. Some of these trees are more than a metre in diameter. The Ware and Enns families have protected this area of their farm from being logged and cleared under a conservation covenant. The forest and plant community it protects was quite common but now actually quite rare.
Who was Bob Webb you ask? He was a Dove Creek resident who loved to ride horses. For many years he maintained the trail between Brazier and Burns roads and campaigned to have the One Spot Trail built so horses could be ridden away from roads.
Hiking from Piercy to Brazier and back takes approximately three hours to complete. Same for the 13.5km loop through Wildwood to Brazier, down the One Spot from Brazier Road to Piercy and along Piercy Road to the main trail head.
Wildwood Forest is identified as an important upland habitat corridor for movement of wildlife in Dove Creek area. It forms both a north/south corridor and an east/west connection between Seal Bay Park and Strathcona Provincial Park.
The southern half of the forest is a naturally regenerating second growth forest estimated to be in the 75 year age range. Douglas fir, western hemlock, big-leaf maple and Sitka spruce dominate the forest with a few grand-fir and black cottonwood. Portions of the northern half have been logged and replanted, first in 1989 north of Burns Road and around 1994 south of Burns. Common understorey shrubs include red huckleberry and oceanspray.