|Estimated Time||2 hours return|
|Elevation Change||17 metres|
|Trail Markers||red and orange reflectors|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash|
The Osprey Trail starts by traveling through the woods along a small field that is a group camping area. When the trail meets the shore it crosses the small field, providing views of the Lagoon. Kouchibouguac Lagoon is formed where Black River enters the bay behind the sand dunes.
On the other side of the small field the trail enters the woods once again and continues along the shore. The trail travels through a mainly spruce forest until it comes to a small inlet. There is lots of driftwood and seaweed in the inlet to explore. You may also find shore birds in the inlet. The trails goes around the end of the inlet and crosses a small boardwalk. Shortly after crossing the boardwalk you will come to a split in the trail. Both trails take you to the other side of the point. The trail to the left follows the shoreline of an inlet on Black River and the trail to the right cuts straight across the point through the woods. Both trails travel through a mainly spruce dominated forest and create a partial loop.
The two trails converge on the shore of Black River with access to a small beach. The beach provides views up and down the shoreline where you may see ducks or other shorebirds. The trail continues along the shoreline and through a red pine forest. Eventually you will come to the point where Black River flows into the Lagoon. The beach at the point provides many views of the lagoon in several directions. You should also be able to see the sand dunes off in the distance to the east.
The Opsrey trail provides many access points to the shore of the river and lagoon, which means many chances to view shorebirds and waterfowl. You may also get to see some raptors such as bald eagles and Osprey as the name of the trail implies.
For directions to the park go to the Kouchibouguac National Park page.
From the west entrance travel east on route 117. At 8 km turn right towards Loggiecroft Wharf. After 4 km, and just before the wharf, turn left into Côte-à-Fabien Campground. After 400 m the road takes a sharp right turn. Just around the turn on the right there is a camp site and small parking area. The trail head is to the left on the sharp turn.
From the north entrance of the park travel south for 15.3 km on route 117. Turn left towards Loggiecroft wharf. After 4 km, and just before the wharf, turn left into Côte-à-Fabien Campground. After 400 m the road takes a sharp right turn. Just around the turn on the right there is a camp site and small parking area. The trail head is to the left on the sharp turn.
Trail Last Hiked: December 30, 2011.
Page Last Updated: February 25, 2013.