193 Keppoch Road, Keppoch Mountain, Northumberland Shore
Keppoch Mountain is a former alpine ski hill that has been revamped as a four-season outdoor recreation facility run by a non-profit organization. 40 kilometres of non-motorized, multi-use wilderness trail is supported by ample parking, a clubhouse, bathroom facilities both indoors and outdoors, a large patio, fire pit, bike repair and wash station, and ample seating both at the clubhouse and on the trails.
Enjoy mountain biking, off-road cycling, bouldering, swimming, hiking and trail running all summer and fall and then snowshoeing, fat-tire biking and Nordic skiing in the winter months.
Keppoch Mountain hosts many events throughout the year, including two Family Fun Days during which our trail fees are waived and we host several family-oriented activities that highlight the facility. We host multiple runs, races and hiking events, outdoor educational seminars, and classes. Starting in 2019 we were the host venue for the Nova Scotia Summer Festival – a celebration of Nova Scotian music, art, food and sport.
The gem of Keppoch Mountain is the almost 30 kilometres of purpose-built mountain bike trails. Ranging from 500 metres up to 5 kilometres, the trails are built to accommodate the first-time beginner or the experienced expert, with something for everyone in between. From late May to late October there is a shuttle service on weekends to transport riders and their bikes to the top of the hill. Bike-related activities are also supported by a newly refurbished pump track, a kids-specific learning trail and almost 10 kilometres of gravel trails for a more casual family-friendly wilderness cycling experience.
Our most popular trail is our 5-kilometre Summit Loop. This multi-use trail ascends the 180-metre vertical elevation gain to the peak of Keppoch Mountain. Hikers and bikers are greeted by scenic vistas out to the Northumberland Strait and across the Keppoch-Beaver Mountain region.
More than 9 dedicated downhill mountain bike trails round out the offering for the more adrenaline-minded visitors. With lengths from 500 metres to almost 1500 metres, there is no lack of challenge here. One of the original trails – “Chicken Cougar” – is a fan favourite and suitable for riders of all levels. During the snowy months these trails make for challenging snowshoe experiences.
On top of the trail amenities, Keppoch Mountain has a dock at Camerons Lake for swimming, access to great sport fishing along the Beaver River, a boulder-climbing park, a forest classroom and an 18-hole disc golf course.
As a non-profit Keppoch Mountain relies on trail fees and donations to support our facility. Passes are available at the lodge or online.
Facilities / Services
Trail type: Day-use trail, Wilderness trail
Activities: Birding & wildlife, Cross country skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Snowshoeing,