Kouchibouguac River Trail
|Distance||11.3 km one-way|
|Estimated Time||4 hrs 30 mins|
|Elevation Change||25 metres|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash|
The Kouchibouguac River Trail meanders through the woods and follows along the many inlets along the river. The river is tidal and salt water near the trail, and sandy along the shoreline. This trail is the longest hiking trail in the park and is roughly parallelled by the Patterson to Middle Kouchibouguac and Middle Kouchibouguac to La Source bike Trails to the south-east. The trail passes through many different habitats including many old, grown up fields that slope down to the river.
There are three ways to access the Kouchibouguac River Trail. The first way is by using the Pijeboogwek to Patterson Trail. Enter the park from Route 11 and after 1 km turn right onto Frigault Road. Just after the turn look for the Pijeboogwek parking lot on your left just past the entrance to the visitor center. Park in the parking lot and take the crushed rock bike trail to the left. Follow this trail for 2 km until you come to the trail to the Patterson Shelter. Continue past the Patterson Shelter and the trail takes a sharp turn to the right. After another 100 meters you will find the Kouchibouguac River Trail on your left.
The other end of the Kouchibouguac River Trail can be accessed at the end of Frigault Road. Enter the park from Route 11 and after 1 km turn right onto Frigault Road next to the visitor center. Continue on Frigault Road for 14.4 km until you come to a parking lot and field. Park here and cross the small field to the bike trail. The Kouchibouguac River Trail enters the woods in either direction to the right or left of the parking lot.
The third way to access the Kouchibouguac River Trail is from Route 117. Enter the park from Route 11 and continue on Route 117 for 6.7 km until you see a parking lot on your right. Park in the parking lot and look for the trail down to the footbridge at the back left of the parking lot. Cross the footbridge and you will find the Kouchibouguac River Trail entering the woods in either side of the bike trail. This accesses the Kouchibouguac River Trail in the center.
Trail Last Hiked: March 12, 2021.
Page Last Updated: January 14, 2023.