The tag line for this trail indicates that it's near Blind River, but it's actually in Serpent River, on Hwy 17 (TCH) about 7 miles west of Spanish. The trailhead is well marked at a roadside rest area on the south side of the highway, where the Serpent River Falls is located on the north side of the highway.
The trail is well maintained and follows the river for the most part and ends up in the village of Serpent River. The only problem we had with the trail was a sign for the junction og the River's Edge Trail and the Hillside Trail, which we were on. We never did find the River's Edge Trail. Maybe it's still in the planning stage.
The Ojibway word "Kennebec" is translated as "Serpent". We do not know if the name comes from the serpentine twists and turns the river takes from its source above the city of Elliot Lake to its entry into Lake Huron, or a legendary river monster. Perhaps the famed monster was only a large pike, muskellunge, or sturgeon that inhabited the river. Ojibway legends tell of the water monster MISHEBESHU ("great lynx") that is said to have an underwater den near the mouth of the Serpent River. Legend also warns us to avoid disturbing the "Serpent's Eggs". Some believe the "eggs" to be the uranium-coated quartz nodules that were mined in the upper watershed from the 1950's to the 1990's.
A boat launch on Riverview Road in Serpent River provides residents and visitors access to the river. The mouth of the Serpent River opens into Lake Huron.
Rest area at Serpent River on Highway 17, west of Spanish. Clearly marked.
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