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Port Hawkesbury Trail

Length:   10+ km (6+ mi) total system
Hiking Time:   up to 3+hr
Type of Trail:   crushed stone, natural surface
Uses (no snow):   walking
Uses (snow):   snowshoeing, cross-country skiing*
Facilities:   picnic tables, benches, garbage cans
Dog Use:   on-leash required within 200 m/yd of trailheads, off-leash otherwise

Gov't Topo Map:   11F11 (Port Hawkesbury)
Rating (1-5):   3

Trailhead GPS:   N 45 38” 39.9’ W 61 20” 41.0’ (Crandall Drive)

Access Information: From the roundabout in Port Hastings, take Highway 4 for 1.5 km (.9 mi). Turn left onto Charles MacLean Road and follow for 550m/yd, turning left onto Kings Road. Drive 3.3 km (2.1 mi), turning right onto Crandall Road. Continue 750m/yd; watch for large Centennial Woodland Trails sign on the right.

Introduction: In 1989, as a 100th Anniversary present to the town of Port Hawkesbury, the Stora Enso forestry company constructed a network of walking and cross-country skiing trails on the Centennial Woodland property. These were subsequently taken over and maintained by New Page. The 2.4 km (1.5 mi) loop is open year-round, and offer a connection to the Port Hawkesbury Community Trail system.

Although this walk is fairly short and near a community, it is rated as intermediate because of maintenance and signage challenges. In July 2011, the connection between the main route and the Centennial Trail was in very poor condition – particularly signage. In addition, the section along Embrees Brook to Centennial Park on Highway 4 was almost completely overgrown. Nevertheless, this is an attractive system, passing through some lovely forest, and those comfortable with their navigation should have no problem. The section from Crandall Drive to the viewing platform is in good condition, and reasonably well-signed.

Cautionary Notes: Wildlife. Ticks.

Ratings are designated from 1 to 5 indicating suitability for all fitness and experience levels, with 5 being suitable only for experienced and very fit outdoor people. Novices should only choose level 1 and 2 hikes, and work their way up. Level 4 and 5 hikes have indicators associated with their ratings.

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