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Foster Brook Trail

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Foster Brook Trail

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Quick Facts

Difficulty difficult
Trail Type linear
Distance 4.6 km
Estimated Time 2 hrs
Surface Type forested
Elevation Change 188 meters
Features river, campsite
Trail Markers hiker signs
Scenery Rating beautiful
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception variable
Dog Friendly on a leash
Fees yes
GPS File available on request

Description

The Foster Brook Trail starts by climbing a hill. At the height of land you will walk through a beautiful spruce forest. The trail travels through a few small brook valleys and through a beautiful hardwood forest before starting the descent down to the Point Wolfe River. Once down at the river you can access the shore or continue on the trail. From here the trail follows along the river. It crosses a few streams that you can usually cross without getting your feet.

Spruce forest on Foster Brook Trail

The trail passes by a side trail down to a backcountry campsite. The campsite is down in the floodplain near the river. A short distance past the campsite you will come to the river crossing. The river is usually less than knee deep. It is best to check at the visitor centre for water levels before doing this hike. It is also important to have some type of hard soled water shoes for the crossing.

Once you cross the river you will begin the long climb up out of the river valley. Once you get to the top of the hill you will travel a short distance through a mixed wood forest before coming to the Marven Lake Trail.

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From the Sign

Backcountry Camping Regulations

You must have a valid backcountry permit to camp at one of Fundy National Park's backcountry campsites.

Pitch your tent on the designated tent pads.

Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets are a threat to wildlife, and wildlife can hurt pets. Clean up after your pet.

Never store food in your tent. Raccoons, bears, and other animals are attracted to food and food waste.

Boil or filter all surface water for drinking purposes.

Backcountry Camping Regulations sign

Firepits are provided at all campsites. Open fires may be built in these fireplaces only. Build small fires to conserve firewood and to protect the forest. Firewood is available for purchase from Campground Kiosks and Visitor Reception Centres.

Do not burn garbage, and do not dispose of garbage in the pit privies. You must bring all your garbage back out with you. Sorting stations are available at the trailhead.

Help us protect the park. Thank you.

From the Sign

Foster Brook

Hike through a shady mixed forest of spruce, red maple and yellow birch into the Point Wolfe River valley. You will cross several small footbridges over tumbling brooks. You will have to cross the Point Wolfe River to continue up out of the valley and on to the end of the trail.

Foster Brook sign

Directions

For directions to the park go to the Fundy National Park page.

From the main visitor center near Alma turn onto the Point Wolfe Road. Drive for 6 kilometres and you will see the sign for the Foster Brook Trail on the right (just before Herring Cove Road). Turn into this road and climb the small hill. The road turns sharply to the right and then comes to a small parking lot. The trail head is on the edge of this parking lot.

Access road to the Foster Brook Trail

The other end of this trail can be accessed from about the midway point on the Marven Lake Trail.

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Trail Last Hiked: September 18, 2021.

Page Last Updated: October 17, 2021.