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Arthur Young Trail

Record #: MDL0208
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022
Last Full Update: 08 Dec 2020


Located In Cookville
Where To Find Us
523 Highway 10
Cookville, NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County


Phone 902-541-1352
Contact Marta Selassie, Trails and Open Space Coordinator
Mailing Address c/o Municipality of the District of Lunenburg Recreation Department 
10 Allée Champlain Drive 
Cookville, NS B4V 9E4

Description & Services

Information Through a partnership with the Best Western Cookville, the Arthur Young Trail was officially opened in 2012. Arthur Young served 42 consecutive years as Councillor for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. The name was chosen by a student at Newcombville Elementary to recognize Councillor Young’s last year of service prior to retirement. There is ample parking at the trailhead, adjacent to the Best Western on Trunk 10. At first, the trail follows a ridge high above the LaHave River, through forests of tall oak trees. The trail is surfaced with fine gravel, 10 feet wide, and is designed for multi-use; users can expect to see Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs). After a breathtaking scenic view over the LaHave River Valley and the Town of Bridgewater, the trail turns to a series of switchbacks through a mature pine forest as it winds downhill towards the river. Several benches are in place to take a rest – it is easy to go down but a bit more challenging to go up! The Arthur Young Trail joins the Centennial Trail, connecting to the Town of Bridgewater on both sides of the LaHave River. Heading north, users can connect to the LaHave River Trail which leads to the Cookville Provincial Park, and to the South Shore Annapolis Valley Trail. The Best Western Cookville welcomes and encourages Off-Highway Vehicle users to stay at their hotel. OHV operators can find on-site, secure parking facilities, heated storage spaces, machine clearing facilities, and restaurants and services within a short walking distance from the hotel. The Arthur Young Trail, as a multi-use trail that leads to destinations across the municipality, is an important location for OHV access for residents and visitors alike.

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