Region Map / Lower St. John River / Coac Falls

Coac Falls Trail

Quick Facts

Ratings Legend

Difficulty Easy Features Waterfall
Trail Type Linear Trail Markers Green and Yellow Paint
Distance 2.78 km Scenery Rating Beautiful
Estimated Time 1 hr 45 mins return Mainteance Rating Well Maintained
Trail Surface Type Old Road, ATV Trail Cell Phone Reception Strong
Elevation Change 65 meters GPS file Available on request


Map Legend

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Take the Nackawic exit on Route 2 between Fredericton and Woodstock and head towards Nackawic. Cross the large bridge over the St. John River and continue straight. After a few minutes you will pass a Robin's Donuts and Irving Gas Station. You will then start to go down a large hill to a second smaller bridge. Cross this bridge and continue along the river for another 7.9 km. You will find a small white church on your left. See Google Street view of the Church here.

If you come up Route 105 from the direction of Mactaquac continue 30.9 km past the main gate (golf course access) at Mactaquac Park. The small white church will be on your right.

From the church travel back towards Nackawic for 300 meters and you will find a long, straight dirt road that is quite grown in on the same side of the road as the church. The road is not maintained but isn't too bad if you have a vehicle with good clearance. Walk or drive back this road for 574 meters and you will find a road on your left. There is an old cut off log on the side. If you drove back this far park your car someplace that won't block ATV traffic.

Follow this side road for 336 meters and you will come to another road that is blocked to ATV traffic by logs. Take the road to the right and continue for another 477 meters to the next junction in the road. This section of the road travels through a clearcut (cut in 2020). Keep right once again. After another 1.3 km you will come to a long narrow clearing along the road. Just before this clearing on the left you will find a deep dug ATV trail that leads down to the falls.

Trail Description

Note: These falls and their access are on private land. There is a no trespassing sign on the second junction of the trail to keep out ATV's. The landowner allows hikers to access the waterfall but they ask that you keep the site clean and not have bonfires. Please help show the landowner that the hiking community cares by following these simple rules. We do not want to lose access to such a beautiful place.

Description coming soon.

Blog Posts

July 23, 2014 - Top 5 Swimming Waterfalls


This trail is in the Hiking NB trail guide for the Lower St. John River Valley Region - Meductic to Fredericton. The guide is available for download below:


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External Links

Waterfalls of New Brunswick - Coac Falls

Trail last visited September 6, 2015.
Page Last Updated November 21, 2015.