The Jordan River Trail is located along the abandoned Halifax and Southwestern railway line. The railway carried passengers and freight between Halifax and Yarmouth from 1907-1969. The trail winds through a salt marsh, home to ducks, herons, and other birds. It crosses the Jordan River and ends at the Jordan Branch Road. On a clear day there is a fantastic view from the bridge looking both up the river and out to the ocean. Trees and other plants to look for along the way include speckled alder, wild rose, mountain ash, red maple, birch, tamarack, white pine, and the occasional locust.
The trail head is located at 146 Hayden's Road, a short dirt road loop off Hwy 3 heading towards Lockeport from exit 24 off Hwy 103 at Jordan Falls. A return trip on the trail is just over 5kms on a flat graveled surface. A leisurely stroll stopping to enjoy the scenery may take about 1.5 hours. The Sherlburne County Arts Council has installed a sturdy wind chime of scrap metal by local artist and former blacksmith, Hayward Meisner near the bridge. It has a lovely tone and stands on a tri-pod with a decorative treble cleft on the top.
The trail head is also the location of the Tourism Interpretive Site for District 5, complete with a covered picnic table, interpretive panel, waste separation unit, and parking. The trail is not groomed but is open for year round use as snow cover in this area of Nova Scotia is minimal. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash. Please clean up after your pet.
Activities: Birding • Cross Country Skiing • Cycling • Hiking • Snowshoeing
Pets Policy: Leashed
Trail Surface: Gravel
Trail Type: Linear