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hiked it today really enjoyed the scenery, the only thing I would say is wear good hiking boots as there ate alot of rooots which makes it easy to twist an ankle

We did 18.5 km loop starting at northern entrance and not doing the escarpment offshoots , nor the spots in to camp.
The trail was under tall old growth trees for the majority of the hike. It was lovely! We crossed several streams , two rivers & unknown number of creeks (dry and moist).
This is not a hike for people wanting flat walking surfaces or cell service or even terrain . There were several climbs and descents every hour. There were trees to climb over, go under or walk around (at least three/km of trail). The views were of mossy forest floors, ferns, old trees, plethora of fungi and tonnes of toads. Some were so small!!

We easily did this hike in two days -1 overnight. We are not fast walkers, but steady. We cooled off in the Brookes and rivers. The hardwood stands felt like the rainforest with the amount of humidity they gave off.

Overall, totally worth it, but not a walk in the park.

I also hiked the devils elbow round trip to the falls and back. Definitely not for beginners. A lot of elevation changes with some fairly steep inclines. Take your time and bring lots of water. I'd definitely recommend though.

Awesome hike

Very pleasant hike, we completed in 2.5hrs including the Read Head look off trail, well marked trail, a few wet spots and some elevation

Great hike. Definitely need proper footwear. I would pack differently next time and go earlier in the day. I think the falls at the end would have been much more exciting in the spring or early summer. Definitely do it again.

Amazing views! Great for snowshoeing or cross country skiing.

an old railed so the trail is flat it is a great bike trail with interesting view along the way. the trail through Tatamagouche is fantastic with bridges and rest stops

9 months ago

Ok... for me a great trail consists of food, fun and fabulous views (or a waterfall). This trail has all three. At the base of the trail is Sugar Moon Farm. A log hut with roaring fire places, great coffee and very good maple butter covered pancakes. Then the hike, probably the best marked trail in Nova Scotia. Not too many markers and not too few. Lot's of uphill challenges (fun) and wonderful water features, especially Jane's Falls.This is a beautiful lace like fall in a grove that is likely 40 feet high. Man, it doesn't get much better. If your going this winter (i hope to) check for open hours at Sugar Moon.

trail is well marked, lots of plaques with history on the area

Completed the Devils Bend portion of the trail. We did the return trip from Economy Falls. This trail is for the physically fit and to be taken seriously. There are lots of up and downs with fantastic scenery. there are also some interesting rock formations. It is really neat trail. Bring lots of water and some snacks. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

In early June... hard to enjoy the scenery through the cloud of bugs. Some trees down across the trail made for a difficult time accessing Murphy Brook campsite. May have had a better time in the Fall.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A nice loop. We did it clockwise to get the steep ascents and descents out of the way whilst our legs were still fresh.
Extremely well marked with a couple of great rest spots with a bench to admire the views.
Informative signs along the trail make for a more interesting hike and providing you time your hike properly the Sugar Moon Shack cafe/restaurant awaits you with a welcome respite at the end.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lovely day out. Well marked with a nice place to have a picnic at the half way mark. Dogs had a great time

Monday, September 04, 2017

Great mix of terrain, make sure you have good footwear as the trail is steep in multiple spots with lots of rocks and tree roots. The waterfall was pretty much dried up on September 3rd, but definitely going back in the spring to check it out!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Great hike! Love the variety of terrain!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Nice loop. Well marked, nice views, good mix of terrain

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Really great trail! Definitely moderate which is something we were looking for. There is a huge elevation to it which we found to add the perfect challenge. The trail is well marked and the terrain changes quite a bit so there was always something new to see. We were sure to have a hot apple cider at Sugar Moon Maple Farms to warm up after. It is a trail we would be happy to hike again.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Great little trail off the beaten path. It took us about 2.5 hours to complete. The scenery and views are great, and the trail is well marked out, definitely worth a stop.

Not difficult!!! Tatamagouche has lots to offer!! Dining, museums, shopping, banking etc. I have bikes\d all the trail between Wallace and Pictou, the "Tata" section is by far the most enjoyable, though the others are also very good. Kudos to the Volunteers who do the maintenance!!! My wife is/was an inexperienced biker, she had no difficulty on this trail!! Very flat, a great outing!!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great trail and nice waterfall. Trail head is Sugar Moon maple syrup restaurant. Great spot with great food. No cell coverage.

Good surface rail trail, travels through swampy area in middle, but trail is great for biking except one loose gravel area of "DIP" in a ravine. great birdwatching.

Nice trail with only a few minor rough patches. Good packed surface.
One section approx. 200 meters long that is rough due to farm machinery using this small part of the Trail.

Friday, May 06, 2016

This is a great hike for exercise with variable gradients and terrain. It even has a beautiful waterfall. No cellular coverage in area I would suggest hiking with a buddy.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Portion of the Short Line Railbed trail between the Jitney Trail and Wallace Bridge and containing the Butter Trail within Tamagouche. Also forms a link in the Trans Canada Trail network. Multi-user trail (including ATV, snowmobile, and bicycle) is well-maintained, accessible year-round, mostly level, and can hardly be called "difficult". 25-KM section within Colchester County is maintained by Tatamagouche Area Trails Association. Mixed farmland and forest with road crossings every 2 to 5 KM.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Went last year before the trail was closed. Beautiful but badly eroding.

Completed this hike just two days after a tropical storm hit the area. Completed the hike in a clockwise direction. First day involved rapidly changing elevations, several fording opportunities and a very wet dog. Camped overnight at Murphy Brook. Second day the morning started off with a few thunderstorms and rain. Hiked the remained of the trail in about 4 hours with 2 more fords. The entire hike was beautiful and had some really beautiful scenery. This hike should be for physically active individuals. I would recommend having at least one person with a decent amount of hiking experience to help guide your group.

Hard trail but well worth it. We did the full kenomee canyon in 8 hrs. Wide range of ecosystems and amazing views. Couple of river crossings so be careful of the time of year so you can pass them.

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