|Estimated Time||2 hrs|
|Elevation Change||201 metres|
|Trail Markers||yellow hiking symbols|
|Scenery Rating||must see|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|Dog Friendly||on a leash|
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The Moosehorn Trail starts as a gradual descent down through a mixed forest of beautiful hardwoods and spruce. When you get close to the river valley the trail steeply descends down to the river with several switchbacks. At the steepest part, a short side trail on the left takes you down to a waterfall. When the trail gets down to the main river, the real fun begins. The trail turns left and followed the river up through the rocky valley.
The Moosehorn Trail gets its named from the smoothly shaped rocks in the river that are rounded like moose antlers. The valley is full of this rock and the river cuts down through it with many small waterfalls and gravel filled pools. The turquoise green waters make a great place to swim. Next to one of the small falls is a large round hole in the rock that we like to call the hot tub.
The trail continues along the river until the rock changes into a gravel river bed. It is a beautiful walk up through a wide river valley. The trail ends at a junction with the Dobson Trail and the Laverty Falls Trail. At this point you can take the Laverty Falls Trail a short distance to Laverty Falls and then make the slow climb up out of the river valley and back to the parking lot. This is a much easier option than taking the Dobson Trail for 58 kilometres through the woods to the Town of Riverview.
For directions to the park go to the Fundy National Park page.
From the northern entrance at Wolfe Lake travel 11.7 km south, then turn left onto the Laverty Auto Trail. If you are entering the park from the eastern gate in Alma climb the hill. When you come to a roundabout in front of the visitor center keep right and continue on Route 114. After 7.9 km from the gate turn right onto the Laverty Auto Trail.
The Laverty Auto Trail is a gravel road but it is usually in really good shape for cars. After 5 km, and passing the Tracey Lake Trail on your left, you will take a sharp turn to the right. After another 1.5 km you will come to a parking lot. The Laverty Falls, Forks, and Moosehorn Trail start from the small field off the end of the parking lot.
From the Sign
The Moosehorn Trail leads along the Broad River and then through a beautiful mixed forest of spruce, birch and maple. Along the river, the trail meanders downstream through an alder-covered flood plain and then past some wonderful pools and waterfalls. It then continues through the forest to the Laverty Auto Trail.
First section - moderate - the trail follows the Broad River - some wet sections, please stay on the trail.
Second section - strenuous - the first 0.4 km is a steep climb by a series of switchbacks to the top of the Broad River valley - from this point the climb is more gradual but steady to the end of the trail.
The trail ends at the Laverty Auto Trail. The last 200 metres is shared with the Forks Trail. At the intersection, keep to your right.
Please remmeber, it's your responsibility to seek out safety information, obey signs and to be prepared. Contact park staff if you require specific advice.
Other Trails in the Park
- Bennett Brook Trail
- Black Hole Trail
- Black Horse Trail
- Caribou Plain Trail
- Coastal Trail
- Coppermine Trail
- Dobson Link
- Dickson Falls Trail
- East Branch Trail
- Foster Brook Trail
- Goose River Trail
- Herring Cove Beach
- Kinnie Brook Trail
- Laverty Falls Trail
- Marven Lake Trail
- Matthews Head Trail
- Maple Grove Trail
- Point Wolfe Beach Trail
- Shiphaven Trail
- The Forks Trail
- Third Vault Falls Trail
- Tippen Lot Trail
- Tracey Lake Trail
- Upper Salmon River Trail
- Whitetail Trail
Trail Last Hiked: August 6, 2022.
Page Last Updated: November 18, 2022.