Fundy National Park

Fundy-National-Park

Note: Please visit Fundy National Park's official website for a more current and complete list of trails. 

A

 

Goose River Trail
Distance: 7.9 km one way
Rating: Difficult
This linear trail follows an old cart path and leads hikers from Point Wolfe to Goose River beach. A discerning eye may find remnants of the former Goose River settlement. This long route is well worth the hike as Goose River beach is a spectacular coastal site. At low tide, hikers can reach the eastern terminus of the Fundy Footpath by hiking past the tide line to where Goose River reaches the mud flats. Backcountry campsites are available. For safety purposes, it is necessary to make a reservation by calling the park 506-887-6000.

B

 

Coppermine Trail
Distance: 4.4 km loop
Rating: Moderate
This loop trail travels to a former copper mining site. Remnants from this former industry can still be found in the form of the tailings pile dug from the mine and the collapsed mine entrance. This trail offers views of the Bay of Fundy, bridges over mossy streams and a picnic site.

C

 

Marven Lake
Distance: 8 km one way
Rating: Difficult
This route follows the Goose River trail for a distance before heading further inland towards Bennett Brook trail and two wilderness campsites. The route leads to two wilderness lakes where moose and beaver are commonly seen.

D

 

Shiphaven
Distance: 0.5 km one way
Rating: Easy
This short linear trail is well groomed with boardwalk sections. The trail provides views of the Point Wolfe inlet as well as an old dam and former mill site along Point Wolfe River. The trail terminates at the covered bridge crossing Point Wolfe River.

E

 

Point Wolfe Beach
Distance: 0.6 km one way
Rating: Moderate
The Point Wolfe Beach access trail follows a long staircase from the Point Wolfe lookout down to the sand and gravel bar. After descending through the tall red spruce forest, a sprawling intertidal area is open to explore at low tide and a more limited but still substantial beach can be combed at high tide. Many remnants of the historic logging period continue to exist on the Point Wolfe Beach.

F

 

Foster Brook Trail
Distance: 4.4 km one way
Rating: Strenuous
This linear trail provides the fastest and easiest access to a river valley in the park. The trail eventually leads to the Marven Lake trail, passing through significant old growth red spruce forest. The path slopes steeply as you approach Point Wolfe River. There, the forest becomes more diverse with red maple, yellow birch and fern glades. This section is particularly beautiful during the fall. The river must be forded once, but at low water one can avoid wet feet by carefully hoping across large stone.

G

 

Bennett Brook Trail
Distance: 7.7 km one way
Rating: Strenuous
This linear trail is accessed by crossing the dam at Bennett Lake and leads to the Marven Lake trail. After following double track trail, it turns to a steep footpath that quickly descends to the Point Wolfe River. Here you will find the confluence of Bennett Brook and Point Wolfe River. Just upstream along Bennett Brook is a refreshing waterfall. By crossing Bennett Brook and Point Wolfe River, you can access the other side of the gorge and climb switchbacks to reach the Marven Lake Trail.

H

 

East Branch
Distance: 5.6 km loop
Rating: Moderate
This loop trail travels through a hardwood forest. In the summer, it is the home of the Black-throated Blue Warbler and many other hardwood loving bird species. When reaching the river, one can see the remnants of a former logging dam across the East Branch of Point Wolfe River.

I

 

Caribou Plains
Distance: 2.1 km loop
Rating: Easy
Named after the woodland caribou that once wintered in the area, this loop trail offers the hiker a good look at the park’s various ecosystems from the tangled evergreen forest to the open hardwood forest, and a peek at a raised bog where moose are often seen. After walking through the evergreen stand, you will witness the impressive work of beavers, master builders of dams and wetland habitats.

J

 

Caribou Plain Boardwalk
Distance: 0.5 km loop
Rating: Easy
This short wheelchair accessible loop trail follows a boardwalk and skirts by a beaver dam. Mature red spruce forest covers most of the trail and various wildlife species may be seen in and around the beaver pond.

K

 

Tracey Lake
Distance: 7.0 km one way
Rating: Moderate
This linear trail connects Bennett Lake, Tracey Lake and Laverty Lake. There are two backcountry campsites and picnic sites along the route. For safety purposes it is necessary to make a reservation for backcountry camping by calling the park 506-887-6000. Hiking along the high elevation plateau in this area, you will see that water gathers in bog ringed lakes before running off to form some of the most important rivers in Fundy National Park. This relatively flat trail travels through some open forest and boggy terrain frequented by moose, beaver, waterfowl and other wildlife.

L

 

Third Vault Falls Trail
Distance: 3.7 km one way
Rating: Difficult
A beautiful hike underneath thick mixed forest and deciduous forest canopies leads hikers to the park’s highest waterfall. At 16 meters in height, Third Vault Falls is an impressive and beautiful site. This linear route terminates at a picturesque pool below the falls.

M

 

Kinnie Brook Trail
Distance: 1.4 km one way
Rating: Moderate
This linear interpretive trail offers hikers opportunities to see a disappearing stream as well as an impressive gorge. The trail is well built and includes staircases and several platforms for viewpoints and photography.

N

 

Matthew's Head Trail
Distance: 4.5 km loop
Rating: Moderate
This loop trail follows an old wagon road and passes through grasslands and softwood stands. It is notable for its human history as it passes by the former Matthew's Homestead. The foundation of the former homestead is still visible today. This trail also provides excellent views of the Bay of Fundy.

O

 

Herring Cove Beach
Distance: 0.5 km loop
Rating: Moderate
This short loop trail follows a small stream down to Herring Cove Beach where you will find views of Alma and Cape Enrage. At low tide, the expanse of shore left exposed can be quite vast. The curious explorer will find interesting sea life here.

P

 

Coastal Trail East
Distance: 3.2 km round trip
Rating: Difficult
This eastern portion of the Coastal trail follows a long ridge through coastal fog forest and offers hikers spectacular views from high above the Bay of Fundy and its coastline before descending into Herring Cove. One of the most picturesque beaches in the park, Herring Cove has a lookout equipped with interpretive panels and a telescope. There are also picnic shelters and vault toilets.

Q

 

Coastal Trail West
Distance: 6.9 km round trip
Rating: Difficult
The western portion of the Coastal Trail climbs out of Herring Cove and continues on to Matthew’s Head where hikers can take in superb views of the Bay of Fundy. Further along, there are great photographic opportunities, particularly the Squaw’s Cap sea stack. This is a quiet and intimate coastal journey. A good place to enjoy the serenity of the coastal fog forest and perhaps glimpse a view of a soaring raptor.

R

 

Dickson Falls
Distance: 1.5 km loop
Rating: Moderate
A short loop trail through beautiful mixed forest leads to Dickson Falls. A platform near the falls allows for a great view and is a perfect location for photography. This is one of the most popular trails in Fundy National Park.

S

 

White Tail
Distance: 3.2 km one way
Rating: Difficult
This trail connects the Chignecto North Campground with the golf course and the playing fields in the Headquarters area of the park. It descends over 200 meters and follows Spring Brook for the majority of the distance. Where the trail passes by the park’s golf course it is common to spot white tailed deer.

T

 

Tippen Lot North
Distance: 2.3 km one way
Rating: Difficult
This trail branches off of the Whitetail Trail, but descends more slowly toward the Point Wolfe Road, travelling through deciduous and mixed wood forests along the way.

U

 

Tippen Lot South
Distance: 1.9 km one way
Rating: Difficult
The Tippen Lot South Trail continues from the Point Wolfe Road south, across a large beaver dam and up a steep slope. There is a cool red spruce forest on the sharp north facing slope, then a warm yellow birch grove will break out on the plateau before becoming a mixed forest on the south facing slope on route to Herring Cove at the bottom of the trail.

V

 

Maple Grove
Distance: 4.0 km one way
Rating: Moderate
This trail is particularly beautiful during the fall when the leaves have changed in the sugar maple dominated deciduous forest. Naturalists may be interested to see numerous species of ferns which carpet the forest floor along the route. Amateur geologists may note the abundance of white quartz rocks found along the trail.

W

 

Upper Salmon River Trail
Distance: 8.8 km one way
Rating: Difficult
One of Fundy National Park's premiere trails. It follows the Upper Salmon River from its lower intertidal estuary to its origin at the confluence of the Broad River and the Forty-Five River, where it connects with the Forks trail. Along the route, hikers will experience the steep valley walls of the river gorge and the many pools and rapids through this section of the watershed. The trail includes one river crossing, aided by a cable, or two fords of the river if you intend to continue on to the Forks trail. A section where hikers must scramble from boulder to boulder for a short distance occurs near the terminus of the trail as you approach the junction with the Forks trail.

X

 

Black Hole Trail
Distance: 5.5 km one way
Rating: Strenuous
The highlight is a dramatic curve and a deep pool along the Upper Salmon River. Atlantic salmon use this site as a resting spot before heading further up river to spawn. The trail makes its way through mixed forests before reaching the river. It offers access to the longer Upper Salmon River trail. Where the two trails meet, visitors will find a pit toilet and a park warden cabin.

Y

 

Laverty Falls Trail
Distance: 2.5 km one way
Rating: Moderate
This linear trail travels through impressive hardwood forest and leads to one of the most popular attraction in Fundy National Park, Laverty Falls. Numerous wildflowers can be seen along the route as well as picturesque streams.

Z

 

Moosehorn Trail
Distance: 4.8 km one way
Rating: Difficult
This linear trail travels through beautiful mixed forest and leads hikers to a section of the Broad River. Highlights include waterfalls and several swimming holes. It is named after an old log driver's portage and lives up to its title as an area frequented by moose.

AA

 

The Forks Trail
Distance: 3.4 km one way
Rating: Difficult
This linear trail leads visitors to the confluence of the Broad River and the Forty-five River. Here, the rushing waters of two rivers exit steep-sided canyons and join together to form the Upper Salmon River. The route meets with the Upper Salmon River Trail here if you are willing to ford the rivers.

AB

 

The Dobson Link
Distance: 2.6 km one way
Rating: Moderate
Where the Dobson Trail terminates on the Shepody Road along the northern edge of Fundy National Park, the Dobson Link trail begins, to connect the trail networks. A relatively easy hike through regenerating forests and some mature mixed forest, this trail leads to the confluence of Laverty and Haley Brooks, only a short distance from Laverty Falls.