Fundy National Park of Canada
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Kinnie Brook Trail
Distance: 2.8 km return trip
Time: 1.5 hours
Steep Section(s): Yes
The first part of the trail is on flat ground and travels through a typical Acadian forest dominated by maple, birch, spruce and fir. It skirts the upper edge of the Kinnie Brook valley before descending a long flight of stairs to the stream bed. You have to return the same way you came to get back to the parking lot. Walking back reveals new perspectives of the same place – really!
Highlights Throughout the Year
- In the spring and after heavy rains, water laps at the foot of the stairs. At other times it seeps through the gravel to flow beneath the surface only to reappear 150 meters or so downstream – Kinnie Brook is the disappearing stream.
- The lush floodplain is filled with water-loving plants among which are ostrich and sensitive fern, cow parsnip, jack-in-the pulpit, and red osier dogwood.
- At some point along the trail, a microclimate environment was created by the local topography. We know it as “Frosty Hollow”. Here pockets of ice can be found well into August. The area resembles a small boreal forest.
- Reaching the long flight of stairs, you will see the pointy rocky pinnacle at your right where the fragrant cliff fern grows.