Great Views At Opposite Ends Of The Park
Early May is a great time of year to hike the trails in Fundy National Park. On this warm day, we decided to take the short, but steep hike down to Point Wolfe Beach. The walk down is entirely on boardwalk with a lot of steps. Once you reach the beach, you can see remains of the logging industry that was in place years ago. Logs would be carried down the river and loaded onto boats for ship building in New England.
With the warmup done, we trekked by car to do one of the more difficult hikes at Moosehorn. This is mostly a footpath with larger rocks. What makes this more difficult is the steep incline to get down to the base where you will find a popular watering hole in warm summer days.
More About The Trails
Point Wolfe Beach & Moosehorn hiking trails
The Point Wolfe Beach access trail follows a long staircase from the Point Wolfe lookout down to the sand and gravel bar. After descending through the tall red spruce forest, a sprawling intertidal area is open to explore at low tide and a more limited but still substantial beach can be combed at high tide. Many remnants of the historic logging period continue to exist on the Point Wolfe Beach.
A steep trail leads through mostly mixed wood forest down to the sculpted bed of the Broad River.
This trail was named after a logger’s portage. At the river end of the trail, one can follow the river upstream to link up with the Laverty Falls Trail and loop back to the common trail head. Where the Moosehorn trail reaches the river, interesting depressions carved in the stone alongside the river can be seen mostly downstream towards The Forks.
These water-filled potholes were carved out by the scouring of pebbles, swirling in eddies caused by the intense, rapid flow of the river in this steeply inclined section of the river. This is where the river transitions from the slow flow plateau sections of the river to the much steeper gorge, so could be characterized as the “gateway” to the rougher, white water sections of the river. Here, the river banks are comprised mostly of smoothed river bank rocks mostly devoid of vegetation. The surrounding landscape is a deeply incised, v-shaped gorge.