The Annapolis Valley Trail System contains nearly 200-kms of linear trail on abandoned rail line from Kentville to Norwood and on to the Town of Yarmouth. There are 21 sections of trail each with its own name.
The eastern boundary of the Trail is the Kentville Trail which runs from New Minas in the east to Coldbrook in the west. This 7-km flat trail is suitable for walkers, runners & cyclists, runs through varied geography & connects to the town where amenities are available. It is groomed in the winter for skiing, snowshoeing & winter walking.
Trail access: In Kentville, park in the municipal building lot & access the trail (87 Cornwallis Street for Google Maps). Also, there is a small parking lot behind the Ultramar Corner Store (746 Main Street) where users may park & access the trail. After school hours & on weekends, users may park at the Kings County Academy (35 Gary Pearl Drive in Kentville). When coming from New Minas, take exit 12 from Highway 101, turn left & on the right you will see a trail parking lot.
Next, the 9-km Cornwallis River Greenway follows the Cornwallis River. This section is active in winter as it is groomed by a local snowmobile club. For more information on accessing groomed snowmobile trails go to www.snowmobilersavlrr.com or www.tallships.ca/crossburn.
The Waterville Village, Webster Farm & Apple Capital Heritage Trails take users to snowmobile friendly Berwick where amenities are available. Parking is adjacent to the Side Track Beverage Room (103 Mill Street). From there, the Caribou Bog, Aylesford Farm & Auburn Sand Trails will take you through 14-kms of pine forest, fields, farms, and cranberry bogs. The 6-km Kingston Mill Yard Trail provides users with access to amenities & services in Kingston. The trailhead is adjacent to the Kingston Visitor Center (510 Main Street).
The 9-km multi-user Wilmot Station Trail runs from Kingston into Annapolis County. A local snowmobile club grooms these trails making them ideal for snowmobiling, cross country skiing & snowshoeing. From the trail head (2460 Old Mill Road in Wilmot Station), the trail continues on the 3-km Heart of the Valley Trail through Middleton where users can find amenities & services. The 11-km Brickton Station Trail runs through Lawrencetown. Parking for snow machines & amenities are available at the trail head (549 Main St).
The 12-km Nictaux Falls Trail heads south from the trailhead near 8851 Highway #10 in Nictaux & connects with the 34-km Davison Mill Trail all the way to amenities in New Germany & on to trails on the South Shore. These trails are great for mountain biking & cross country skiing. Trails are winter groomed.
The 10-km multi-use Basin Sunset Trail (869 Highway #1 Smiths Cove) leads to the eastern end of the Town of Digby and there are vistas of the Bear River Bridge & Winchester Point Lighthouse along the way. The Scallop Fleet View Trail runs through Digby and users can view the famous fishing fleet. This trail is developed for cycling & walking uses.
The Missing Link Trail runs 27-kms west from Digby (trail head: 262 Jordantown Road) to Weymouth. This multi-user trail is an ungroomed snowmobiling & cross-country ski venue. The Sissiboo Story Book Trail runs through Weymouth & features local history & cultural interpretive panels. This trail has separate pedestrian & motorized lanes and shares a trailhead with the Missing Link Trail (4626 Highway #1) adjacent to restaurants & lodging.
The 42.4-km multi-use Sentier de Clare Trail winds through woods & crosses rivers from Weymouth to the Yarmouth County Line. Although not winter groomed, the trail offers winter opportunities. The trail has major trail heads in Weymouth (4626 Highway#1) & the Little Brook Station, (588 Little Brook Road), which are located near amenities. The trail reflects the area’s Acadian Heritage through interpretive kiosks. The Annapolis Valley Trail System ends but the trail continues 29 kms to the Town of Yarmouth.