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This old trail offers excellent late spring and early summer birding opportunities. The trail follows along the stream, then circles inland through the woods. The terrain is similar to the North Loop.

This loop lies entirely within the riparian zone of the Pisquid River’s east and west tributaries. It includes impressive stands of mature pine, especially at the north end, and extensive stands of previously thinned spruce. As a short loop on its own or an extension to the Centre Loop, this trail offers excellent qualities for walking and hiking.

This is the largest loop with the greatest diversity of forest and landscape types. It includes dry upland terrain, early-succession forests, mixed-age softwood, stream-edge and steep ravine slopes, and occasional stands of large mature trees. Two stream crossings add an interesting dimension. This trail offers a half-day hike of easy to moderate difficulty.

This loop encompasses a diverse forest structure, including an extensive open hardwood stand extending half its length. The trail is easy to negotiate, a pleasant half-day’s hike.

The Winter River Trail is located only five km from Charlottetown.

At the trailhead, the Winter River Trail heads off northerly, through the white spruce thicket, emerging shortly onto a woods road.  There is a family of rabbits just north of the parking lot, dining on the colorful mushrooms in the vicinity.  The road soon plunges again into white spruce over gently rolling terrain, except where it approaches the Winter River ravine via spurs, to catch the view.  Small feeder streams are bridged and wet spots  have boardwalks.  A few mature white pine are found, including one patriarch 70 feet to 80 feet tall and 24 inches diameter at shoulder height.

At the river lookouts you should look for great blue herons and bitterns among the shore reeds and grasses.  As the river opens up toward Winter Bay, you may see various waterfowl offshore.  In the woods you will see many songbirds, squirrels, and rabbits, maybe a fox, and evidence of coyotes.

This is an easy walk, of under seven km, and well protected snowshoeing terrain.

The Forest Hill Trail lies in north central Kings County, five miles north of Bridgetown, and south of St. Peters.  It loops through a very extensive woodland area, over gently rolling terrain.  Much of the area is wetland, with deep swales, and including two sizable ponds.  On Whitlock’s Pond at the south west corner is a look out tower, and uphill at the opposite corner is a 40 foot tower over looking the entire watershed.  This tower is connected to the main trail system by a spur through meadows and a five minute road walk.

The trail can be accessed by two trailheads. The Corral trailhead has parking for horse trailers on the Rte 339 side, and the Main trailhead is on Rte 339 at the Whitlock Pond corner.

The treadways are wide and well cleared, especially where hikers and equestrian users might meet.  The total length available is 7.8km.  Ownership of the site is mixed, with several private landowners and the provincial environmental protection division.  Island Trails uses this site with specific permissions, and a license from the provincial government.

In an area as extensive and varied as Forest Hill, a hiker or rider can expect to find almost every kind of tree, shrub, and forest plant; insect, reptilian and bird life; and fur bearers including predators and prey that you will find in any other part of the island. You won’t be disappointed at Forest Hill, by the trail or by the surroundings.

The Boughton River Nature Trail is located in Kings County on Highway 4 at Bridgetown.  It begins at a roadside parking lot near the fire hall.  The trail is built in four interconnected  loops, plus a short spur to a lookout, to view the typical “drowned estuary” of the Boughton River.  From here you may also see kayakers and canoeist coming upriver on a paddling trail.  The total hiking length available is 8.9 km, but with the loop system there are opportunities to do an early return and an easier, shorter hike.

The Boughton River Nature Trail is an expansion and improvement of a previously existing community trail.  It lies entirely on private lands.  It is built for foot traffic only, and is not accessible to motorized vehicles.

The trail winds through white spruce thickets, open hardwoods, river flats, steep ravines and grassy meadows.  Narrow steep ravines and small rivulets are bridged, and wet spots have boardwalks across them.

In shady areas along the trail you will step over  ground pines and other club mosses, and skirting the many wet spots there will be ferns.  There are also Trilliums and Indian Pipe in the deep shade of the mixed woods.

Here you will also see songbirds, woodpeckers, and owls.  Fur bearing inhabitants include  squirrels and rabbits and there may be evidence of foxes and coyotes.

From lookouts to the “drowned estuary” you will see marsh plants such as cattails, bulrushes, and horse tail as well as other grasses and reeds.  Perched on them there may be redwing blackbirds, with bitterns hidden below them, and great blue herons just a bit further offshore.  Further out, you can find a variety of waterfowl, and up, you may see an osprey or a bald eagle.