"Must See" Local Trails to Visit this Fall

Posted by trails coordinator on 21 October 2013 | Comments

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The Pictou County Trails Coordinator, Sally O’Neill, was recently challenged to name her favorite local trails. Here are the top five you may want to visit.

Caribou-Munroe's Island

Located at 2119 Three Brooks Rd, Braeshore, NS. This provincial park is one of my favorite spots. The "trail" is actually a shoreline hike, just follow the public beach out onto the Island, and you can walk all the way to a point where you can see the Caribou Wood Island Ferry docking and departing. The Island is a habitat for many types of shorebirds, you can see heron and osprey, and there is a beautiful secluded beach.

Fitzpatrick Mountain

The trail access point (N45 36.762 W62 54.365) is in the community of Millsville - You can also access the trail from the Scotsburn Recreation Field, next to Scotsburn Elementary School. Find the trail head just behind the tennis courts. This trail takes you through land that was once farmed, and has now grown up with mixed forest. Old stone walls and rock piles are visible by the waysides.

Founder's Trail (NEW)

Congratulations to Trenton Park for building one of the newest sections of Trans Canada Trail in the country! (that's not a typo, yes, one of the newest in Canada!) Located at 119 Park Rd, in Trenton. Follow the trail past the swimming pool and play area to the trail head sign, and it's straight ahead. You come to a small boardwalk that crosses a ditch, the new trail has a gravel surface and is easy to walk. You'll find yourself in an old-growth hemlock stand with natural wooden benches made from wood salvaged from the park. There is a newly constructed bridge that looks out over a tranquil stream.

Jitney Trail

Access the Jitney (also Trans Canada Trail) from the Pictou Waterfront, next to the Decoste arts centre. This trail will take you all along the waterfront to the historic landing place of the ship Hector, which brought Scottish settlers to Pictou in 1773. Carry on from the Hector monument to the "Gut Bridge" and you can cross to the old "Short Line" Railway. This stretch of trail is under construction - so watch for vehicles and mind the loose gravel - you can travel through Lyon's Brook and Scotsburn, and River John, all the way through to Tatamagouche. When you're in Scotsburn, see what Deb's Cafe has on special! Just a hop off the trail.


Pioneer Trail

This 2 km walking trail, named in honor of New Glasgow's founding and current day pioneers, is located on the east side of New Glasgow and includes a gazebo look-off view of Potters Brook and the Charlie Hoegg Kinsmen Covered Bridge. Pioneer Trail connects to the Samson Trail by the Pedestrian Bridge. This trail starts at the Riverfront Marina, runs on paved streets Riverside Parkway turning onto Glasgow Street and then Stewart Street which will then access the gravel portion of the trail which runs behind Tartan Field and ends at Tim Horton's on East River Road. Grab a coffee and cross the road to Johnny Miles Trail, which leads you past the track and if you choose to continue, you can bike or walk on the old Thorburn Spur Railway past ponds and wooded areas, under the highway through a concrete tunnel, and all the way to Thorburn! (remember to bring the coffee cup back with you. Pack it in, pack it out!)

For more information on trails contact Sally at trails@activepictoucounty.ca or 
find new trails to explore at www.highlandconnect.ca