Explore the most popular hiking trails in Waverley - Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail, great views. Late Sept. there was very silent and for majority of the time I was the only human around.

I was assuming that there’s only one loop as the AllTrails say, but there are several forks along - check out the map on the trail. Thanks to it you can decide whether to have a long or a short loop.

Recommendable. Easy to find starting point and relatively well marked.

Nice trail, work up a good sweet!!

some of the trail was very overgrown, although still visible.

I would recommend the trail to friends!

I'm familiar with part of this system, from Otter Lake up to Crowbar Lake.

The entrance on River Drive leads to a parking lot by the old "Camp Victoria", and a place where an old metal bridge used to be at Otter Lake. The road used to be public, but apparently it says here its now private property. When I drove on that road last week, a local resident said I was OK to go....not sure what that means or how authoritative it is. As far as I'm concerned, its reasonable if there is no barricade or chain blocking the road. There may be provision in the "Trails Act" in NS for this road to be for considered for public purposes of accessing public waterways (ie, Otter Lake and the river). The private property sign along River Drive may be ambiguous, ie, does it just mean "beyond this point on this road" or the forests on either side of the road? If they intended to completely block access, then why not put up a chain?

Please search for "Salmon River Long Lake" on this site, as I've written a more detailed description of this, and little bit of history.

Another point is that there is or was a "Lookoff" trail, which leads to a high look-off location directly north of Barren Lake (East of Otter Lake) . I recall a very nice ripe harvest of high-bush blueberries in September, when I was in Scouts back in the 90s.

This trail system is called "Crowbar Lake", yet the map only shows the portion from Myra Road to Granite Lake. I'm not familiar with this portion, but rather the section from Otter Lake up to Crowbar Lake.

Please search for the other trail on this site: "Salmon River Long Lake", in which I provide great detail on a related trail system and some history. Half of that system is still available. The second half may no longer be accessible: from the Crowbar lake detour up to Salmon River Long Lake.

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3 months ago

The trail head (River Drive @ the old Camp Victoria) may be private property, but it still appears essentially accessible and not blocked. One resident along that road said I was welcome to continue down to the end, for purposes of hiking/exploration. The drive down the road is very poor, and almost unsafe with a regular car.

The map indicates an older dotted line root from the parking lot by Camp Victoria, over where an old metal bridge used to be (1990s and before), and up Otter Lake and Salmon River on the west side. This path is falling into disrepair, and is difficult to follow. You can access that path by crossing on the rocks (may have to wade up to your knees) on the west side of the parking lot where the bridge used to be at Otter Lake.

The main path on the east side of Otter Lake and Salmon River is generally good, very rugged and thoroughly adventurous. As the path reaches a swampy stream region on the north-west side of Crowbar lake, it takes a detour up into the hills, and connects with the trail system leading to Myra Road (Porters Lake). The piece of trail (shown here in red) that continues on to Woody Lake and Porcupine Lake is of unknown status to me, and may be mostly overgrown. A volunteer crew should aim to re-establish this trail, as both Porcupine and Salmon River Long Lakes are almost inaccessible except via water craft.

Side Note: There used to be a mill up at Wisdom Mill Lake, and it was probably named after either John Wisdom (an original builder of Dartmouth and someone who operated mills) or some related Wisdom family descendent. There was a long road which led from Preston northward, passing Loon Lake on the west, to Wisdom Mill Lake. It was called "Wisdom Old Wood Road", and is only visible on older maps pre 1940s or so. It would be an extension of the dotted-line path indicated on this map, reaching northward from a residential Preston road.

Lack of signage made it quite confusing to know where you were, how far you had gone or where the next junction was, but overall a nice wooded hike.

Visited from Sweden and decided to try it out. Beautiful trail (surprisingly familiar type of environment for a Swede) which is well marked and quite technical. Rocks, roots, some pretty steep inclines and overgrown sections. A little muddy in a few places but no problem to keep your feet dry this day. I do a fair bit of trail running and really liked the technical terrain which for sure can be challenging if you are not used to "climbing" inclines. Did not see a living soul during my hike, apart from a few bugs when I stopped for view, water or snacks. Completed it in 4 hours in a fairly quick and steady pace with a few shorter stops. Loved the lakes and the parts where the forest had a "troll"-ish feel to it. Was tempted to go for a swim in the lakes but decided against getting wet this time. :-)

Lots of bugs at this time of year but the wind held them off. Lots of rocks, roots, and hills on this trail so wear good shoes and prepare for some vigorous hiking. Beautiful trail that’s great to do solo or with company. Good look off and resting spots for a water/snack break, cooking, camping, or simply just resting.

Lots of bugs at this time of year but the wind held them off. Lots of rocks, roots, and hills on this trail so wear good shoes and prepare for some vigorous hiking. Beautiful trail that’s great to do solo or with company. Good look off and resting spots for a water/snack break, cooking, camping, or simply just resting.

Great trail. Plenty of rocks/boulders to maneuver over and around, as well as several steep inclines and declines. It was a great workout! Mixed terrain with beautiful vistas and serene forest. Certainly not a beginner’s trail. Watch your step, there is ankle twisting and tripping potential with lots of roots and jutting rocks. My hiking poles were well used on this trail. I highly recommend this trail for hikers with a bit of experience.

I’ve hiked on this trail for as long as I can remember, it’s one of my favourites of all time! Such a variety of good trail and hard trail, nothin a good hiker can’t do! Lots of picture perfect spots, you always see at least one other person but it’s never too crazy! All around a great hike, you can go for as long or as short as you want!

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

good challenging trail

great for a day hike

Would probably rate this Trail as difficult due to rough terrain and very steep inclines. Took 6.5hrs and enjoyed every minute!

Early in the trail, a large dip in the path was full of water. There were old beams and fallen trees pushed in, but they were not secure -- be aware and cautious with your footing. Just prior to the bridge towards Granite Lake, the ground was completely saturated with water - the planks set up for crossing were submerged and loose. Fortunately a previous hiker had set up some rope to hold onto between two trees -- unfortunately, my stride was still not long enough to make it through and I ended up stepping ankle deep in water! Make sure you bring an extra pair of socks!

Parts of the trail were quite narrow through low shrubs. I recommend wearing/having long pants for this section.

Passed a few other hikers but little activity. Beautiful and quiet.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bummer got all the way here and the trail head is off a private road. No where to park before this except a park then over a mile to hike to the start of the trail through a neighborhood. Not worth it. Decided to hike elsewhere.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

very nice trail. this is my favorite trail close to dartmouth. the road leading to it is a bit rough if you have a low car.

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