Adair's Nature Trail
|Distance||2.9 km one-way|
|Estimated Time||2 hrs 15 mins|
|Elevation Change||38 metres|
|Trail Markers||white paint|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
Adairs Nature trail starts into the woods behind the man-made pond at Adairs Lodge. After a short distance you will come to a bridge crossing a stream that eventually flows into Walton Lake. Just after the bridge the trail turns right and starts to follow an old road. The old road starts in young softwood but slowly climbs up to a hardwood ridge. On the hardwood ridge the trail leaves the old road to the right and then dips down into a valley where you will find both Whisper Falls and Doiron Falls. Both small waterfalls are in close proximity but are quite different. Whisper Falls is a small stair step type falls with several steps and not much water. Doiron falls is a single drop with much more water.
Continue past the falls and the trail climbs to another hardwood ridge. The trail then follows the contour of a hill with some steeper cliffs to the left. The trail eventually drops from the hardwood ridge towards Walton Lake. The first view of the lake is across a grassy inlet.
The trail continues around the lake and follows many small ridges as is circles the lake. The trail crosses one more small stream between two of these ridges. One of the mossy covered ridges travels through and older softwood forest between the lake and a grassy meadow. The meadow is full of cottongrass. The trail then drops down from that ridge to the lake edge. The trail follows the edge of the lake for a short distance then splits. Going to the right will access the end of the trail at the lake edge directly across from Hearst Lodge. Going straight will continue a short distance to the edge of an inlet of the lake. The main road is on the other side of the inlet. It looked like there is a path through the grassy inlet for people to access the trail by boat. If you didn't want to return all the way back the trail you could potentially wade across the inlet to get to the road. If you don't want to get your feet wet and want to enjoy the trail again you will have to return back the way you came.
From Sussex Corner head south on Needle Street (Route 111) towards St. Martins. After 550 m continue on Dutch Valley Road towards Waterford Road. Dutch Valley Road turns into Waterford Road after 1.3 km and turns into Creek Road after 10.4 km. Shortly after the start of Creek Road you will pass Chambers Settlement Road that goes up the hill to the left. Continue past Chambers Settlement road. Not long after Chambers Settlement Road the road turns into a gravel road. After 7.5 km you should see Walton lake on your right. Adairs Lodge is another 1.8 km past the lake on the right.
Enter the parking lot at Adairs Lodge and go straight past the two buildings on your right. There is a small gravel road between these buildings and the next cabins that drops down to a man made pond. Park at the top of the gravel road. The trail head can be found by following the small gravel road down to the man-made pond and going around the pond to mid way across the back. The trail is off the end of the point in the back center of the pond (see picture to the right).
Trail Last Hiked: October 9, 2012.
Page Last Updated: January 21, 2017.