Dobson Trail to Laverty Falls is a 38.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length38.6 miElevation gain5,098 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingSnowshoeingForestLakeRiverWildlifeBlowdownBugsMuddyOver grownSnow
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The Dobson Trail is a hiking and backpacking trail in New Brunswick. The beginning of the trail in Riverview sees heavy day use but the entire trail is only traveled by a few people. You will enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife throughout your journey.

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Lou Yogi
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Brandon Wry
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Alex Schumann
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Kris Bowman
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Amandine Cassiers
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Thomas Moynihan
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Louise Pitre
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Jonathon Visser
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Cathy Simon
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Jeremy LeFort
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Although this trail gets poor reviews for wetness and dirt roads............I’m in love with it. If your looking for million dollar views every corner, this trail is not that. If your looking for a true representation of Southern N.B. wilderness this is it. You have mountain ranges, brooks, rivers, bogs. Thick soft wood stands and hardwood stands with 100 year old plus trees. My dog and I just competed last night for the second time this year. Both times offered very different experiences and sights. This time water falls appeared where they were dried up earlier in the summer. This is a backcountry trail. Not a city park or groomed trail system. The conditions change daily. It appears volunteers have been working hard all summer as the trail was very well marked this time. Thank you to all of them for their work. We are very lucky to have this and for free at that. For any of you complaining about the poor maintenance, I hope you will be volunteering next summer like I will. This trail is purely volunteer maintained and magnificent. A very fun backcountry backpacking experiance that can be easily accessed at multiple points along the way.

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Luc Bouvier
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Fantastic trail lovingly maintained by the community. A local gem!

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Sean Flanagan
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Misery has a name, and it is Dobson. Poorly maintained trail: half of the trail is walking through crowded, swampy forests and the other half is back-country dirt roads with absolutely no views. We took the booklet which falsely said there were streams at various places, but we ended up hiking around 20k without and fresh water sources. Avoid this.

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Janique Chiasson
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I'll let people judges for themselves.

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Trevor Allen
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I hiked from Riverview to Fundy the weekend of Sept 26/20. The changing colors of the leaves was amazing. It was a great weekend for it. The trail itself is quite well maintained and marked. There were a couple of locations where trees were accross the trail but we did have a tropical storm earlier in the week. There is a few KM of dirt road the traill follows as you get closer to Fundy. I have heard rumors that the trail may be redirected in these areas, if so that would be fantastic. I almost did not do the hike due to some of the reviews, l am so glad I did. It will now be an annual fall hike for me. Thanks to all the volunteers that maintain the trail.

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Jean-Sébastien Thériault
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we did from 58km to riverview in 2 days ,not alot of water so when you can fill it up :) met about 20 persons in the 36 hours we were there , i'd say the trails has 50% cell phone connection here and there and a lot of dirt road that could be use for extraction.

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Patzy Anne
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Jean-Sébastien Thériault
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Dale Aubin
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I rated this trail a 2 for a few reasons.. i finished it up on Saturday evening .. ill start with the negative feedback and end on some positive notes .. for me the trail was hardly considered a trail .. it mainly consists of everything forestry related .. a large portion of the trail is logging roads / atv trails .. and in the odd times you do wander into the woods the clear cuts have literally cut to the trail leaving a 30 meter buffer of woods to each side of the trail ..and because of that high winds have wreaked havoc by causing whats left of the trees to blow down .. at no point do you feel like your in the wilderness.. some spots there isn't even a buffer of woods and you left walking threw clear cuts .. as I was hiking it it just felt like the trail was hanging on by a very thin thread which may as well be let go .. there isn't much for view points or scenic areas which I went into expacting but I didn't think I would be just walking logging roads and clear cuts the entire time .. also the map shows about 10 roads you cross but in reality its like double that which can add to confusion.. i meant a fellow hiker lost because he trusted the map and thought he crossed a road that he had no crossed yet .. and he was only at k 13 .. for the positives I would say this would make a great first time multi day hike due to the fact your always on or near a road and can easily be pulled out in the event of a emergency or tiredness.. i also think the windfarm make for a cool unique factor.... trail maintence was really well done.. i found that almost all the k markers were up and the blazes were well marked .. some areas when you go off road could have been cut better but overall I think the volunteers do very well .. its a shame they spend there valuable time holding on to a dying trail .. i would not recommend this trail if looking for a wilderness/scenic experience..but if your looking for how the forestry operations in nb operate you will find this trail educational ha ha ..

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David Dumont
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Trail is well marked and well maintained. Started at Shepody Rd and finished in Riverview. 2 nights, 2.5 days of walking. Water became an issue on the 2nd day. Many dried out brooks. We had palnned and were carrying more than we would normally, so it worked out. Some dirt road sections although majority is through mature hard wood stands. Sun through the canopy provided beautiful light. Will do it again.

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josee morin
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Ryan Filsinger
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Of all the multi day hikes I’ve done the Dobson was the most disappointing. Long stretches of road, almost no views, lots of marsh areas that get your feet wet. The trail is well maintained with all the volunteer hours put into it. But overall there are much better multi day hikes in the Maritimes that are much more rewarding. A couple notes. If you start near Fundy and go towards Riverview there is very little water in the first 15-18km. Make sure you fill up at the stream 4km in even if you’re full. Lots of streams are dried up. It’s worth pushing to the camp site with the mini cabin. It’s the best spot for the first night.

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Sarah M
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Did this trail from fundy to riverview, most areas are well marked with blue spray paint while in the trails although can get confusing when crossing roads as the roads aren’t marked well. Lots of water sources in the trail but when you near fundy take advantage of every water source you find.. overall a good trail, have a good idea where you are going and bring a compass, and be aware of bears because I saw a black bear.

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Ken Arsenault
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This trail will be getting some more work done over the next year or two. The very wet and boggy section around the 6 to 9 km sections was caused by beavers, we worked with the Ducks Unlimited people to get it resolved and it is now much drier and easier to hike. There are also some reroutes off of roads, and we have a new Trail Master and some new eager volunteers out with some new bush trimming equipment. This fantastic trail will improve soon. The end is still kindy boggy but we are still working to improve when we can. Remember this trail is maintained by volunteers and not government funded.

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