This is a trail that has recently been contracted near Elmsdale. There are two loops currently open and three more in development.
Immediately after starting off from the parking lot, there will be a spur trail to your left. This trail goes in a circle and will meet up with the main trail way at about 650m distance.
The main trail is mostly under forest canopy with some parts in either blow down areas or in small bog like setting. There are a few occasions were the trail enters some very nice stands of Hemlock.
There are multiple small bridges and built up trail areas that will ensure this trails does not become muddy. After about 3.6km, I came up to another spur trail to the right. I took it as it went around a large bog and through some more hemlock stands. This spur trail come back into a loop to rejoin the main trail near a moderate size lake. Unfortunately,the trail does not go near the Nine Mile river except for a brief moment. the other spur trail under construction will help in that endeavour There are some old tav trails that come across the trail from time to time but the signage is excellent and there is no chance to be confused by them.
Drive on highway 102 to Exit 8. Take highway 14 towards Rawdon. Turn left on Enfield Rd and drive to the parking lot of the nine mile river trail system (on the right). There is a good parking lot, but the sign is only visible when you are very close to the entrance.
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Posted By: dartmouthdan
- Thu Nov 09 16:30:31 UTC 2017
UpsideTrail has a parking lot at start, pathways are well defined, it has a couple of pleasant water features, view of lake and a couple of places where brooks are crossed, also it has many long sections of elevated path where boggy ground is present DownsideStarting information panels gave a preview of the "information" challenges to come. There are two maps that show two different routes available to hikers, in fact there are real problems with mapping, sending hikers (such as myself) into dead end trails with bridges missing. Also, trail markers are inconsistent, sometimes 4 in 100 feet, sometimes none in 400 feet, many small bridges damaged, a large bridge missing altogether, need more maps that show trails at key decision points. Met many couples who had same issues. CommentDespite all of the "information" challenges present (that need to be corrected) I liked this trail. It is a good length, it has some small elevation changes, it is beautiful under the canopy and it is near to the city.
Posted By: EmJay
- Fri Oct 04 01:59:25 UTC 2013
We used your directions to find the 9 Mile River Multi-Use Trail System today.
We came from Truro, rather than Halifax, so we found it easier to take Exit 9 rather than Exit 8.
However, we could not find Elmsdale Road, and ended up in Elmsdale at the Esso station getting directions. Fortunately the gent there had hiked on it recently and he was able to tell us that it is on Enfield Road, not Elmsdale Road.
We enjoyed the walk very much. Thank you for your post!
Jane and Barry
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