B.L.T. Rails to Trails Cross Country Skiing
The 10th most popular XC Ski in Nova Scotia.
Wednesday 6 July 2016 05:42 GMT
In Halifax County, the 9km B.L.T. Rails to Trails route is open to hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. This trail is divided into four sections, each of varying lengths.
Blue Jay Way begins at the trail head, and continues for 1.75km. It has a crusher dust surface, and takes you through a corridor of birch, maple, spruce, fir and tamarak. After about 1km the trail follows the shore of Governor Lake providing a number of scenic vistas and an opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquility associated with a wilderness experience.
The second leg of the trail is known as Six Mile Falls. You follow Governor Brook about 1km, and on the right you will see Six Mile Falls. The rocks around the falls can be examined for amethyst, as there are considerable amounts of amethyst in this area. There is a rest area in front of the falls with a bench for relaxing on. You will then cross a rail bridge called the 6.2 mile bridge, and then another crossing the Nine Mile River. Where the trail crosses the highway is the end of the second section, 4km from the trail head.
The third section begins on the west side of highway 3, and is called Frasers Mill Walk. This portion of the trail travels very close to the back yards of the residents. Approximately 1km from the highway 3 crossing there is a mill pond on your right (across the highway). This was the location of The Frasers Mill, the last water powered sawmill in Halifax County. After crossing Forestglen Drive, you come to a quiet section of trail lined with oak, birch, maple and several varities of softwood. The tower at the end of Frasers Road marks the end of this section, 6km from the trail head.
The fourth and final section is called Cranberry Run, and is the most rural section of the trail. It has not been covered with crusher dust but has been graded and treated, and is easy to walk on. You will travel through bog area while enjoying the beauty of Cranberry Lake. The trail ends at Silver Birch Drive, the Lake of the Woods Subdivision in Hubley. You have now travelled 9.25km, and can retrace your steps, or continue on to enjoy the trail system of St. Margarets Bay.
Directions to trailhead: The BLT trail begins in Beechville (on highway 3) adjacent the Coca Cola plant in the Lakeside Industrial Park. The trail continues for 9.25km, terminating at Silver Birch Drive in Hubley. Parking is available at the trail head in the Lakeside Industrial Park. Additional parking is available on the public highways and streets adjacent to the trail.
Overall, B.L.T. Rails to Trails is the 10th most popular cross country ski area of all 13 Nordic ski destinations in Nova Scotia.