The reserve is popular with field naturalists, photographers, horse riders, orienteers, mountain bikers, beachcombers, fishers and bushwalkers.
There are few formalised tracks but a number of walks are possible along narrow but well-used trails.
A six-hour circuit commences at the Hopwood Street entrance and crosses Sheppards Hill to the southern private property boundary before heading downhill to Peartree Bay. Walkers then follow the eastern shore back to the Snug Point Track to join the fire trails and firebreaks back to Hopwood Street. This is a multiple use trail.
Volunteer groups work to protect and enhance the reserve's biodiversity.
Tracks map of Conningham Nature Recreation Area