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Region Map / Lower St. John River / Grand Bay-Westfield / Turtle

Turtle Mountain Trail

Quick Facts

Ratings Legend

Difficulty Moderate Features Granite Dome
Trail Type Linear Trail Markers White Duct Tape
Distance 11.3 km one way Scenery Rating Beautiful
Estimated Time 7 hrs Mainteance Rating Well Maintained
Trail Surface Type Old Road, Rock Cell Phone Reception Variable
Elevation Change 212 m GPS file Available on request
Fees required: No Dog Friendly Yes


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By SUV or Truck:

From Fredericton take exit 71 to Grand Bay-Westfield. Turn left and cross the overpass then turn right onto Nerepis Road (Route 177). Travel for 4.6 km until you find civic address 513 on your right.

From Saint John take exit 80 towards Grand Bay-Westfield. Turn right onto Route 102 and follow it for 1.1 km to the intersection in Grand Bay-Westfield. At the lights turn left onto Neripis Road (Route 177). Travel for 3 km until you find civic address 513 on your left.

The driveway for civic address 513 goes to the right. Travel in this driveway for a short distance and the driveway turns to the left. You can see a gravel road running parallel to the driveway on the right. Take this gravel road and continue on past a small house on your right. You will also pass under powerlines before you reach Route 7 at 1.8 km. There is an underpass that passes under route 7. Turn left after the underpass and the road will soon turn right where you will soon see a white gate.

By Car

On Route 7 park on the south side of the highway (right when traveling from Fredericton to Saint John) at km marker 77 between exits 71 and 80 to Grand Bay-Westfield. Walk back along the guardrail for 170 meters then enter the woods to to the left on the ATV Trail. The ATV trail meets a road and you will be able to see a white gate straight ahead.

From the White Gate

The white gate is open when there are people accessing their camps but may be closed otherwise. If you have driven this far and the gate is open you can continue for another 2-3 km past the camps. If you parked on the highway continue on foot. The road will pass under some powerlines then travels past several camps. The road is fairly good to the cluster of camps but gets progressively more rough after that point. You won't be able to drive much further than the last camp that overlooks Robin Hood Lake. Find somewhere to park so you do not block the road.

Continue on the road until you come to the small ATV bridge that spans the stream between Robin Hood Lake and Little John Lake. The trail continues and is marked at every kilometer by white Duct Tape wrapped around trees with the kilometers to peak marked on it. The are only two real splits in the trail at about half way. The first junction splits the trail between an older ATV Trail and a new ATV trail. Stay to the right to follow the newer ATV trail. Both trails soon come back together on a granite dome so if you take the wrong junction you will be ok. Two pieces of white Duct Tape were marking the right direction when I was there. Just after the two trails come back together there is another junction near the top of the dome. The trail to the left goes into the woods in the direction of Mawhane Mountain. Keep right and you will soon drop off the granite and back onto the trail to turtle mountain.

Note: There are other side trails along the way but none are used enough to confuse with the main trail.

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Hiking NB Podcast# 4: Turtle Mountain, Oct. 20, 2014

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Trail last visited October 20, 2014.
Page Last Updated October 23, 2014.