Region Map / Lower St. John River / Balancing Rock

Balancing Rock

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Ratings Legend

Difficulty Easy Features Balancing Rock
Trail Type Linear Trail Markers None but easy to follow
Distance 0.21 km Scenery Rating Special Features
Estimated Time 15 mins Mainteance Rating Medium
Trail Surface Type Forested Cell Phone Reception None
Elevation Change 8 m GPS file Garmin GDB File
Dog Friendly Yes Fees Required No



Heading west on Route 104 continue past the turnoff to Crabbe Mountain Ski Resort and continue towards the Village of Millville. You will go down a long hill. A main haul road for the Nackawic Pulp mill crosses Route 104 near the bottom of the long hill (see map below). If you cross a bridge you have gone too far.

Turn right and head north on this haul road. Warning: This is a heavy truck traffic road. Be extremely careful driving on the roads beyond this point. After approximately 8.5 km (just past km marker 18) there is a main J. D. Irving haul road called the D20 that goes off at an angle to the left. Take this road. The kilometer markers on this road begin to count down. This is a quick way to know you are on the right road. Drive for 19.75 km on this road (half way between the 29 and 28 km marker) you will see a small road to your right and you should see a small sign pointing the directions to B. Rock or Balancing Rock (see photo).

Take this road up over a slight grade for about 700 meters then take the road to your left. Another 350 meters will take you to a small shelter and picnic table called the Prosser Rest Area. The short trail to Balancing Rock starts behind the shelter.


The short trail to Balancing Rock goes through a beautfiul stand of spruce with thick underbrush. Soon you turn a corner and there it is. A large square rock the size of an SUV balancing on a couple of smaller pointy rocks underneath. There are a few other large boulders around the clearing. You can climb under the large balancing rock, which makes it fun for kids. Don't forget to look for the geocache.

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Trail last visited November 15, 2016.
Page Last Updated November 26, 2017.