when u driving the 'fundy trail'
u have to leave the trail and drive on road 915 - it takes u closer to the shore - till u get to anrage cliff - its a cliff in low tide and a small islnd in high tide - while driving there - (in low tide) u actually driving on the ocean buttom...very nices
The Town of Quispamsis is about 10-15 min drive east of Saint John, and there are several nature trails to try out: Saunder's Brook and Matthew's Brook Trails, Mud Lake Nature Trail, and the Hammond River Park Trails. The first three are very easy to walk, and the last is on the easy-to-moderate difficulty level. This post will describe the first two.
The Saunder's Brook Trail connects several neighbouring streets to the Recreation Center, and for the most part, is a pretty level trail. It runs about 1.8 km. If you're just looking for a path to go on a leisurely walk, this is one, but I wouldn't call it "hiking".
The Matthew's Brook Trails is a 1.5 km series of trails that meander through the woods behind the Rec Center, and the terrain is a bit more hilly. At the time of this post (Aug '09), there's a new Rec Center being built, and some sections of this trail are supposedly closed, however none of the construction encroaches on the trail itself (yet), so people are just walking by the signs.
Running shoes are fine for either of these trails. Not suitable for wheelchairs, however.
I saw no litter on either of these trails. Please remember to carry out with you what you carry in.
The trail head of the Mud Lake Walking Trail is located behind the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Dept. #2, on Civic Drive, just off of the Old Hampton Road, at the east end of Quispamsis, N.B. Parking is adjacent to the fire hall.
The trail is 1.25 km of easy walking, along a foot path and boardwalk. Sections of the foot path are covered with wood chips, since this is a 10-hectare bog area, so it's not wheelchair-friendly.
There was some litter noticed, unfortunately. Please remember to carry out with you what you carry in.
For a hiking trail with an easy-to-moderate difficulty level, the Hammond River Park offers a number of trails through Acadian Forest, to the Hammond River Marsh. Apparently, the park was initially settled about 300 years ago, as there was an Acadian survey marker dated 1714 found carved into a boulder during the park's development.
The main trails are South, North, Lowland, Central, Ironwood, and Flood Rain Hardwoods, but there are also about nine other shorter, intersecting trails.... about 5 kms in all. Check the website link below for a copy of the trail map. Some of the trails have steep slopes, and there are a number of wet and muddy areas, especially closer to the marsh. I'd suggest proper hiking boots.
Keep your camera handy... I came across a deer about 30 feet from me.
On the down side, I was a bit dismayed to see the amount of litter there was, mostly at the west end of the park. This is unfortunate, as there is a waste bin located at the trail head. Please remember to carry out what you carry in.
Also, a few of the trail directional signs are laying on the ground. Not sure if this is because of vandalism, or if they just weren't secured properly to begin with.
Directions to the Park: From Hwy 1, go north on the Hammond River Road, then go 0.7 km past the intersection of the Model Farm Rd. (the road becomes the Neck Rd.) Turn right (east) onto Reynar Drive. Go 0.3 km, and the entrance to the Park will be on your right.