“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt” – John Muir
Autumn is a great time to hike, especially in New Brunswick where we have so much beauty to offer: fall colors, crisp fresh air, and no bugs!
However finding the perfect trail for you and your little munchkins can be challenging.
Here are 5 great trails in the Fredericton Area!
Garden Creek Falls– Situated right on the side of Route 8, this short trail is perfect if you’re not looking to spend the entire afternoon hiking. This trail allows you and your munchkins to explore the beautiful waterfall that is on display and follow the trail situated along a stream of water. The falls are also a perfect spot to have a family picnic.
Distance: 0.1 km
Odell Park Big Circuit-
This is the place for nature lovers. Odell Park is home to a variety of different tree species, and some that are more than 400 years old. Odell Park has a wide variety of different trails and activities. Not only does it have trails, but it also have a playground for children, a disc golf field and many spots for a picnic…not to mention free parking too! Odell Park has 18 different trails to choose from depending on your interest and your desired distance. There is a large Map at Odell park of the trails, but I thought I would include the map for you.
Distance: Can vary from 0.4 km to 2.6 km depending on the trail
Highlight: Variety of different trails in one location
Killarney Lake Wood Trail-
Located on the North Side of Fredericton, this trail is located next to a lake (as the name gives away) and takes approximately 1 hour to completely, the trail is a loop and is an easy trail to follow, even with your little munchkins. Killarney Lake is a great place to take the munchkins swimming as there are lifeguards on location.
Distance: 2.6 km
Highlight: Forest Trail without having to travel far
New Maryland (1.Cameron’s Loop & 2.Charter’s Way & 3.Fletcher’s walk)-
New Maryland is located 15 minutes away from Fredericton which is the perfect combination of a mini road trip and mini hike, simple and sweet! All three trails start from the New Maryland Centre and are all well maintained, the trails are easy to follow and take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Distance: Approx. 0.3 km
Highlight: Situated in forest and stroller accessible
Mactaquac Alex Creek-
This lovely trail takes approximately 45mins- 1 hour to complete, the trail includes picnic tables to stop at, bridges to cross and a beaver pond look out. It is a great trail to do with the whole family and after you can stop by the Mactaquac Lake Beach to cool off.
Distance: 2.15 km
Highlight: Beaver pond and a stream
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