The Most Definitive Guide to Hiking in New Brunswick
The Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve is over 800 acres of land in the Meduxnekeag River Valley. The Preserve is managed by the Meduxnekeag River Association. The Preserve has over 10 kilometers of hiking trails broken into 8 different trails. The trails cover many different habitat types including hardwood ridges, river floodplains, mixedwood forests, and small streams and waterfalls. There are also rocky outcrops, ravines and cliffs to explore. There are trails for every skill level but none are difficult. The trails can be accessed and enjoyed year round.
There are five different access points to the Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve. From Route 2 near Woodstock take exit 185 and turn north onto Route 550 towards Bloomfield. After 3.5 kilometers turn left onto Red Bridge Road. After another 2.3 kilometers you should come to where the NB Trail (old railbed) crosses the Red Bridge Road. Parking here and walking down the old railbed to the left will give you access to the Red Trail, Yellow Trail and Blue Trails.
Continue past this parking lot for another 550 meters and you should see the Purple Trail enter the woods on your left. It is almost directly across the road from a small farm just before the road opens up on either side as it enters some fields. There is a bit of a dip in the road just after the trail that marks a stream.
To access the Gold Trail at Bell Flat continue driving for another 1.3 kilometres and turn right (just before the bridge) onto Bell Settlement Road. Drive for just over 4 kilometres and you will see a small parking lot and trail sign on the left.
The Green Trail in the Jim Goltz Forest is accessed by taking exit 188 on Route 2 and heading east towards Campbell Settlement. After 4.8 kilometers turn right onto Plymouth Road. After 3.5 kilometers this road turns into a gravel road shown as the brown line on the map. After another 1.3 kilometers slow down and look for the sign marking the trail head.
You can also access the Green Trail from the other trails by continuing on past the Purple Trail. After 1.5 kilometers you will cross a bridge over the Meduxnekeag River. Just past the bridge turn left onto Route 540. After 750 meters turn left again onto Plymouth Road. After only 300 meters the road turns into a gravel road shown by the brown line on the map. After 1.6 kilometers look for the trail sign on your left.