As Simple as That - a column by Jonathan Riley
© Jonathan Riley
Larry Goodwin built his trail in Acacia Valley to pass by a couple of these horizontal maples.
The Fundy Erratics are going to take a sneak peek at the new Acacia Valley Southern extension in August.
The trail is all cut out and marked with flagging tape but the final touches like navigation signage haven’t yet been installed.
And near the end of the hike, there is the minor inconvenience of a missing bridge.
Still it is a beautiful 7 km loop, mostly on primitive single-track trail, leading through a variety of forest types including a stand of truly ancient yellow birch.
The trail follows a brook south to start and then turns east, climbing over and down the other side of three drumlins. It follows an old corduroy logging road for a stretch and skirts some wet marshy areas before climbing up to the hardwoods.
The big trees are the highlight of this hike -- hardwoods three and four feet in diameter tower above the trail – and one special large birch has grown bent over in an arch.
I walked the route quickly a week ago and saw all sorts of mushrooms and wildflowers sprouting from the forest floor.
At the back of the loop, we come out on DNR property and follow a network of woods roads. It is all a bit confusing and I wonder if it would add some excitement for the group, if I were to say there is a small chance, but a chance indeed, that I could take the wrong trail back there.
At any rate, assuming I find the right path, we will head back towards the trailhead except for one more little challenge.
A bridge is planned for Aunt Sarah’s Brook but no bridge has yet been built. It is superfluous therefore that I mention there are wet spots on the trail.
Because yes there are wet spots on the trail but none so wet as the brook. Crossing it means wading through a foot or so of water.
Thankfully though, once across, we are five minutes from the end of the walk.
Sound like fun?
We’ll start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Acacia Valley Trail head at the bottom of Mill Road.
To get to the Mill Road, head south 6 km on the Ridge Road from Exit 26 off Hwy 101. The Mill Road is on the left just past the road to the airport.
If all that is too confusing, then you can meet at the Digby rink parking lot for 9 a.m. and follow my red truck.
Bring snacks and water for a couple of hours in the woods, bug dope, sturdy shoes that you can get wet and above all a sense of adventure.
As always, let us know on Facebook, or any other means, if you plan to attend and how many you are.