|Trail Type||Linear||Trail Markers||Orange Ribbons|
|Distance||4.61 km||Scenery Rating||Must-See|
|Estimated Time||4-5 hours one way||Mainteance Rating||Variable|
|Trail Surface Type||Forested, Rocky, Stream||Cell Phone Reception||Variable|
|Elevation Change||187 m||GPS file||Available on request|
|Dog Friendly||Difficult Terrain||Fees Required||None|
From Sussex Corner take Route 111 South for 500 meters and turn left on Dutch Valley Road towards Poley Mountain Ski Hill. Go through Waterford, pass Poley Mountain and continue to follows signs for Adairs Wilderness Lodge (sometimes denoted by spoon and fork signs). From Adairs Lodge continue south. The road will soon turn from pavement to gravel. After 1.6 km continue left on the Shepody Road. Continue past the camps on Crawford Lake and then turn right onto Little Salmon River Road.
You will pass another small lake (Grassy Lake) on your right. After 1.75 km from the last road junction continue right onto Little Salmon River Road. Continue on this road for another 7.2 km and you should see a sign for New Walton Glen Area on your left at an the start of an ATV Trail. The following map shows the major ATV Trail from the trail head to where it meets to past access trail.
The above are new directions based on construction of the Fundy Trail Parkway. I am assuming construction will be ongoing until complete but if not you can continue another 1.8 km to the McCumber Brook Road (currently closed for construction). Turn left onto McCumber Brook Road and follow it for another 2.3 km keeping left and you will come to the trail head marked by a Bridge Out sign.
The old trail starts as a well defined ATV trail with a Bridge Out sign. Follow the well defined trail to a junction at a sharp turn in another ATV Trail. This junction is where the new trail meets the old trail. Keep to the right on the ATV Trail.
The new trail starts at the New Walton Glen area sign and follows an ATV trail south. After 3.8 km you will come to a junction at a sharp turn in the ATV Trail. This junction is where the new trail meets the old trail. Keep to the left around the sharp turn. The new access trail travels between the road and stream that feeds the Gorge. A general rule of thumb is to follow the most prominent trail and when you get close follow ribbons to the lookout.
Continue until you see orange ribbons on trails to your right. These trails will lead you out to the lookout and are fairly well marked. Continuing to the left will take you on the trail down into the Gorge.
The trail descends into the upper Gorge steeply but not treacherously. Eventually you will come to the stream and will follow it all the way to the Eye of the Needle and Little Salmon River Beyond. The upper part of the Gorge has a large waterfall. Climbing down along the cliffs beside the waterfall is the most treacherous part of the trail so be careful. Just below the waterfall the trees open up to show Walton Glen Falls, the 44 meter tall horsetail falls that falls from the cliff tops. The Eye of the Needle is a place where the cliff walls narrow into about 10 feet apart. The stream funnels into this small opening so may be deep. Be careful of water levels if you decide to wade through the Eye of the Needle. Just past the Eye of the Needle the stream dumps into Little Salmon River. Follow the river downstream and you will find the Fundy Footpath. It crosses near the campsites where the Little Salmon River flows into the tidal flats.
Other trails in the area:
Trail last visited July 4, 2015.
Page Last Updated August 21, 2015.