Fundy National Park of Canada
Get a breathtaking view of the Bay of Fundy!
© Parks Canada / B. Townsend
Matthews Head Trail
Distance: 4.5 km loop
Time: 1.5 - 2 hours
Steep Section(s): Yes
Habitat: Forest, Coast
This trail combines both the natural and cultural history of Fundy National Park. From the parking lot located off Herring Cove road, the trail goes over fields regenerating into a second growth forest. An old wagon road then slopes down to the remnants of a 19th century homestead. A short side route opens up to the mighty Bay of Fundy. Backtrack to the intersection and complete this loop trail on a portion of the Coastal trail. Beautiful and quiet!
Highlights Throughout the Year
- As you walk the first section of this trail, imagine that until 1974, Agriculture Canada operated a research facility here. It was locally known as the “potato farm”. Field experimentations led to the development of the Shepody potato: one of the preferred varieties of today's French fry industry.
- Tom and Ellen Matthews settled here in 1865. The farm prospered and additional buildings were added to their home: a dairy, barns for livestock, and sheds for tools and supplies. It was abandoned around 1910.
- In the summer, the fragrance of the hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) fills the air. It forms small compact colonies where sunlight can reach down to the forest floor. In the fall, the light green fronds turn golden.
- At the lookout, notice the red rock formation. It is known as Hopewell conglomerate – the same rock formation found at the Hopewell Rocks flower pots 40 km east of Fundy.
- Know your physical limits.
- A sweather and a windbreaker are good for insurance against variable weather.
- We recommend footwear with good tractiona nd support, such as running shoes or lightweight boots.
- Plan your roue and stick to it. If you leave the trail, you may get lost.
- Tell someone your plan and estimated time of return.
- Bring water and food for longer hikes.
- Leave no trace! Please carry out all garbage, yours and any you may find on the trail.
Fundy National Park Hiking Trails
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