In Guysborough County, the 44km Guysborough Nature Trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV riding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The Old Guysborough Railroad was to be devloped through a corridor of publicly
owned land extending from Guysborough to Pictou County near Sunnybrae. This railway line once held grat economic promise for future development. It would run from one of the greatest coal fields in Nova Scotia past one of the best natural harbours on the Atlantic seaboard - Country Harbour - thus creating a large potential for industrail development and trade. It was widely hoped the Guysborough Railway would provide impetus to many an industry from fishing to the lumber industry.
The legacy of this old railway cut from the countryside is the Guysborough Nature Trail. A group of County residents came together in 1994 to form the Guysborough County Trails Association. They are proud to be the first official section of the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia, opening in 1996. Since then the Associationhas developed more than 44km of front and back country trails for year round enjoyment.
Directions: The Guysborough Nature Trail is located withing the village of Guysborough, on highway 16 and travels across the county to Cross Roads Country Harbour. The primary entry point is across the highway from the Fire Hall, and the Railway Caboose.
-Front country trail of 6.3km with varied terrain
-Back country trail of 38km with terrain in natural habitat
-Parking is available
-Unique trail edge habitat and history
-Concrete abutments illustrate past history
-Vista of Chedabucto Bay
-Runs parallel to picturesque Salmon River for 20km
-Several pristine waterfalls adjacent to trail
-60 metre cable suspension bridge
Overall, Guysborough Nature Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 13 hikes in Nova Scotia.