|Trail Type||Mixed||Trail Markers||None but easy to follow|
|Distance||3.28 mapped||Scenery Rating||Special Features|
|Estimated Time||1 hr||Mainteance Rating||Well Maintained|
|Trail Surface Type||Old Roads, Forested||Cell Phone Reception||Strong|
|Elevation Change||18 meters||GPS file||Available on request|
|Dog Friendly||On a Leash||Fees Required||No|
There are two access points to the Ferris Street Nature Preserve. From the west end of Sunset Drive, almost across from York Care Center, turn right onto Ferris Street. The street turns to the right while passing several apartment buildings. After the third apartment building you will find a small field with a dirt road on the left. Take this short road and park in the parking area next to the Northside Trail. Cross the northside trail and continue to follow the gated section of dirt road through the u-pick fields and to the Preserve behind the fields.
Another way to access the Preserve is to park at the end of Drammen Drive. From Sunset Drive turn onto Drammen Drive before you get to the the York Care Center. Go to the end of the dead end street and park. Get on to the Northside Trail and turn left. Then turn right into the woods on one of the several access trails to the preserve.
The Ferris Street Nature Preserve is a stretch of woods between the Ring Road and the Sunset U-pick fields. It also includes a stretch of woods to the east of the u-pick. There are many large, old, branchy white pine trees in the west section of the preserve. They tend to draw people so each are surrounded by a wide spot in the trail. One of the pines has died but is still standing. It has long since lost its bark and the white wood makes a contrast to the surrounding forest.
There is a stream that flows through a low wet area to the west of the preserve. The stream valley is an interesting to explore and has lots of cattails, alders and other wetland plants. A marsh at the back of the preserve is also interesting to explore.
The low wet areas of the preserve are separated from the wooded areas by a steep ledge that's about 10 feet high. This provides many lookout points. There is a main lookout over the bog near the ring road. This flat area on the end of a point looks down over a beaver hut. It is a great place to explore even as the cars wizz by on the Ring Road.
This trail is in the Hiking NB trail guide for the Lower St. John River Valley Region - Meductic to Fredericton. The guide is available for download below:
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Trail last visited March 10, 2016
Page Last Updated March 12, 2016.