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Barnaby Head Trail

New River Beach Provincial Park


Barnaby Head lookout at New River Beach Provincial Park Gallery


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Quick Facts

Difficulty moderate
Trail Type mixed
Distance 1.7 km one-way
Estimated Time 1 hour
Surface Type forested, boardwalk
Elevation Change 19 metres
Features bay, rocky shore, bog
Trail Markers red paint
Scenery Rating beautiful
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception variable
Dog Friendly on a leash
Fees yes


The Barnaby Head Trail continues along Chitticks Beach. On the far side of Chitticks Beach it comes to a junction with the other end of the Barnaby Head Trail loop. The trail travels through the woods to a point and then to Deep Cove. On our last visit there was a large teepee built on the beach from old weir poles. After Deep Cove the trail goes through a mossy, coastal forest with several ups and downs.

Coming up to Deep Cove on the Barnaby Head Trail at New River Beach

The trail comes out to open views at the point. At the far side of the point the trail passes by some high, rocky cliffs. There is a lookout platform on one of these rocky cliffs. From here you can look across in the distance and see the Point Lepreau Nuclear Power Station. The trail continues through the woods along the shoreline. The trail ends at another lookout and they you will need to return the way you came.



Episode 11: Being Dramatic at New River Beach
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For directions to the park see the New River Beach Provincial Park page.

The Barnaby Head Trail starts at the small field at Chitticks Beach. The trail continues along the shoreline past Chitticks Beach.

Looking back at Chitticks Beach from the start of the Barnaby Head Trail at New River Beach

From the Sign

What is a bog?

Bogs develop where water cannot drain away. Sphagnum Moss grows across the water, layer upon layer, forming a thick mat. This mat is like a giant, floating sponge - absorbing and storing water.

What Lives in a Bog?

The mat of moss (also called peat moss) becomes strong enough to be a soil base for other plants, even small trees. Plants which grow on the moss can tolerate the wet, thin soil. These plants include insect-eating plants, like the Pitcher Plant and the Sundew Plant.

What is a bog sign on the Barnaby Head Trail at New River Beach Provincial Park

Moose come to bogs like these to calve. The Sphagnum Moss provides a cool, damp and cushiony bed. Newborn calves are relatively safe here since bogs are not likely to be visited by predators such as bears and coyotes.

Other Trails in the Park

Trail Last Hiked: May 17 2020.

Page Last Updated: July 9, 2024.