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Located midway between Montague and Iona, and just north of Valleyfield, this 1.4 km trail includes scenic hardwood stands, a wide variety of wildflowers and birds, and some majestic eastern forest giants – the white pine and the eastern hemlock. This is a woodland interpretive trail featuring displays and an interpretive brochure (if available in summer). If you are birding southeastern PEI this is a true hotspot for early morning birding especially during the breeding season. Rarities include Blackburnian, Mourning, and Black-throated Blue Warblers. There are usually lots of thrushes, vireos, and an occasional Barred Owl.

 


THIS IS A NATURAL AREA WITH NO DEFINED TRAILS.  DO NOT ATTEMPT UNLESS YOU HAVE MAP READING SKILLS.  DO NOT ATTEMPT DURING WINTER MONTHS.

This woodlot is a trip through time, revealing the Island’s forestry past. The area occupies 106 hectares (260 acres). All four species of maples native to PEI can be found in this woodlot: the sugar maple, the red maple, the striped maple and the mountain maple. The trees in the back section approximate those familiar to the first European settlers to PEI more than 200 years ago. This site is a designated natural area.

There is no parking except along the highway shoulder. Walk straight West along a field road about 3/4 km then continue straight into the woods on a wide grassy path. Trees gradually get more mature as you proceed until, near the end, there are some very large deciduous trees. There are two 90 degree offshoot trails that dead end at the property line to the North. At the end of the main trail you can turn left (south) and go straight to the Confederation Trail. From there you can backtrack to your starting point at the highway or turn left (East) on the Confederation Trail to link with the Souris Striders trails or just walk on the Confederation Trail back to the XC Ski lodge. You would then need to get back to your vehicle at the Townshend trailhead about 2.35 km North on the highway.

This 3.2km long interpretive trail winds its way through young plantations, regenerating old fields mixed woodland and a black spruce bog. The trail features interpretive signage and a brochure. In the summer, colourful meadow and woodland flowers abound. In season, you can often see or hear Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Northern Flickers, White-throated Sparrows, Hermit Thrush, Ruffed Grouse, and a variety of warblers. On cool sunny days, you might see a garter snake basking in the sun. Later in the season you can often see wonderful flushes of colourful fungi.

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.

The Forest Hill Trail lies in north central KingsCounty, eight kilometers 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 of the property is a 40 foot tower over looking the entire watershed.  This tower is no longer connected to the main trail system.

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 Foresty division.  Island Trails uses this site with specific permissions, and under a license agreement with 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 beside 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 government 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.