The Most Definitive Guide to Hiking in New Brunswick
|Distance||58 km one way|
|Estimated Time||2 to 3 days|
|Surface Type||crushed rock, forested|
|Elevation Change||338 meters|
|Trail Markers||blue paint|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|GPS File||available on request|
The Dobson Trail is a 58 kilometre trail that starts in the Town of Riverview and goes all the way to Fundy National Park. The trail starts by following a stream. It then passes several large bogs. The first section the tail is pretty flat. At kilometre 25 where the trail crosses route 910 the trail starts to follow a deep valley and descends down to the Prosser Brook Road.
From the Prosser Brook Road the trail gets more hilly. You will pass by large wind turbines and a side trail will take you to Hayward Pinnacle. This is a small rocky peak that is the highest point in the area.
Past this section the trail flattens out again. After crossing Shepody Road at the boundary of Fundy National Park the trail drops down into the Laverty Falls valley. The official end to the trail is just below Laverty Falls but you will need to climb up out of this valley for another 2.5 kilometres to get to a parking lot.
The Dobson Trail can be accessed in several places along the trail. To get to the start of the trail on the Riverview side drive out Pine Glen Road past the intersection with Gunningsville Boulevard. After just over one kilometre you will see a parking area on the right. Not far past this parking lot you will find another parking lot on the right.
The next access point is the Sand Hill Side Trail. Continue on Pine Glen Road for another 9.5 kilometres and you will find a wide parking area on the right. The side trail enters the woods at the end of this parking area.
The trail crosses Tower Road, Levy Road, Route 910, Prosser Brook Road and several others (see map) as it makes its way to Shepody Road on the border of Fundy National Park.
The end of the trail (or beginnning depending on which direction you choose) starts just below Laverty Falls on the Laverty Falls Trail.