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Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail – By Section
SECTION 1 GLOUCESTER JUNCTION TO MIDDLE LANDING (about 20 km)
This consists of approximately 7 km of new trail to establish and approximately 11 km of completed trail. The completed trail needs to be cleaned and worked on. The 10 km picnic area would be at Pabineau Falls. By having the bridge constructed, this could also be an alternate starting point.
SECTION 2 MIDDLE LANDING TO THE NARROWS (about 20 km)
This section would, from the start, needs about 7 km of new trail on the east side of the River. The 10 km picnic area could be along the Nepisiguit Basin. This site could be serviced from the Knight’s Brook access by canoe. About 2 to 3 km of new trail is needed along the Gorge and the Head Pond. The remaining part of the trail to the Narrows is in fairly good condition. There is an access road to a camp (Pine Tree Camp) above the Head Pond that traverses the Trail. Maybe the owners of the camp may be interested in maintaining the Trail to the Narrows.
SECTION 3 THE NARROWS TO COLES BROOK (about 20 km)
This would be the most remote part of the Trail system. At the Narrows, an access trail is needed to get from a logging road to the Narrows (about 400m), At present, there is a cut line that leaves the road and goes to the River. A wilderness campsite would have to be established. For maintenance of the section, a possible access point could be along Taylor Brook from the Taylor Brook Road. The 10 km picnic area could be established at Nine-Mile Pool and serviced from the Nine-Mile Brook road to the mouth of the brook. You would then have to cross the river by canoe. Around the Coles Brook area, a wilderness campsite could be established. Access to this site would be along old logging roads.
SECTION 4 COLES BROOK TO FORTY-FOUR MILE BROOK (about 20 km)
This section would be along the south side of the river until reaching Heath Steele Bridge. From the Bridge, it is recommended to change the location of the trail from the south side of the river to the north side. This would involve brushing out 50 km of new trail. On the aspect of accessibility, maintenance and safety, it would be well worth the effort. The 10 km picnic area could be a location along the river between the Bridge and Forty-Mile Brook.
SECTION 5 FORTY-FOUR MILE BROOK TO INDIAN FALLS DEPOT (about 15 km)
This could be a highly used section of the trail and by making the section access points shorter, it would be used by more people of all ages doing a short day stroll. There area many (at least 5) small trails at intervals of 2 to 3 km leading to the river as access points. Because of these access trails, the establishment and maintenance of the Trail will be fairly easy. Of course, the picnic spot would be Indian Falls.
SECTION 6 INDIAN FALLS DEPOT TO SOUTH BRANCH NEPISIGUIT RIVER (about 15 km)
As in Section 5, this section has many access trails to the river. This would make it easier to establish a new trail and maintain it afterwards. The area already has established picnic sites at the TV Tower Road and Devil’s Elbow. Governors Wilderness Resort at Popple Depot is an ideal place for lodging and meals. For the persons who prefer wilderness camping, a wilderness campsite could be established at the mouth of the south Branch of the Nepisiguit River.
SECTION 7 SOUTH BRANCH NEPISIGUIT RIVER TO SILVER BROOK (about 20 km)
The trail along this section is in fairly good condition. From Popple Depot to the Park boundary, the Trail is located in the Protected Natural Area. To join the existing trail, the hiker would cross the bridge at Popple Depot, skirt the DNR camp and join the already established trail. The picnic site area could be established at the Pentland Brook Pool. To service this site, access would be by the Old River Road and crossing the river by canoe. For the wilderness camping, there are two alternatives. If the McEwen Bridge is rebuilt, the campsite could be at the McEwen Landing. If not, a wilderness campsite could be located at the Silver Brook Farm site. Because this site is more remote and in the Park, it may be more difficult to establish.
SECTION 8 SILVER BROOK TO PINE POINT (about 11 km)
This section is entirely in the Park and discussion with Tourism and Parks must be established before any plans are finalized.