Exploring Nova Scotia one hiking trail at a time
|Distance||2.6 km one way|
|Estimated Time||2 hours return|
|Surface Type||forested, grass|
|Elevation Change||67 meters|
|Trail Markers||red squares|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash|
|GPS File||available on request|
Five Islands Provincial Park is known for it's red cliffed shoreline and of course the Five Islands just off the point. A lesser known trail is the Estuary Trail on the other shore of the point. The trail travels through a beautiful coastal spruce forest with some of the thickest old mans beard moss hanging from the trees that we have ever seen. There are several small bridges along the trail that cross small streams. The trail comes out to a large estuary at the mouth of the East River.
At one place there is a side trail that takes you to a beach on the estuary. This beach provides views up and down the estuary. The main trail eventually comes to some small fields and then to the park road. You can return to your vehicle on the park road or return on the trail. In the middle of the trail is a split that makes a small loop. Return on the other part of the loop to see it all.
Travel through Economy on Route 2 and continue west for 9 kilometres. At 9 kilometres turn left onto Bently Branch Road. At this point you will see signs pointing you in the direction of the park. Drive for 2 kilometres and you will come to the gate for the park. The start of the Estuary Trail enters the woods on the right just before the gate. You can park along the road.
To access the other end of the trail continue into the park. After the road turns sharply to the right it will turn back even more sharply to the left. On this turn you will see an outhouse by a small field. The trail starts by following along the left side of this field.