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Salt Marsh Trail

Record #: NST0026
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023
Last Full Update: 15 Aug 2018


Located In Cole Harbour (HRM)
Where To Find Us
806 Bissett Rd
Cole Harbour (HRM), NS B2V 2T2
Areas Served Cole Harbour (HRM) ; Eastern Passage ; Shearwater


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Contact Janice Bishop, Chair, Cole Harbour Parks & Trails Association; Email:
Mailing Address c/o Cole Harbour Parks & Trails Association 
51 Forest Hills Parkway, # 13 
Dartmouth, NS B2W 6C6
Volunteers Wanted (Email)
Volunteers Wanted! Chair, CHPTA

Description & Services

Nearest Community With Services Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, Dartmouth
Trail Surface Crusher Dust
Elevation Gain 3 ft up to 35 ft
Trail Activities Hiking ; Trail Running ; Walking ; Cross Country Skiing ; Snowshoeing ; Mountain Biking ; Road Biking ; Geocaching ; Bird Watching ; Fishing ; Nature Viewing ; Dog Walking (on leash)
Trail Attributes Out & Back (Linear) Trail ; Coastal Trail ; Woodland Trail ; Rural Trail ; Suburban Trail ; TCT - The Great Trail ; All Year ; No Winter Maintenance (Use Caution) ; Steep Slopes ; Wheelchair Access (Partial) ; Scenic View ; Interpretive Signage ; Good Cellphone Reception
Facilities At Start/End/Along Trail Bicycle Rack ; Benches ; Picnic Areas ; Trail Map Signage ; Parking Available ; Washroom (Accessible)
Facilities Near Trail Parking Available ; Public Transportation ; Accommodations ; Restaurant/Take Out ; Convenience/Grocery Store ; Drinking Water ; Auto Repair Service ; Fuel ; Phone (may be a pay phone) ; Washrooms (Accessible)
Trail Cautions Sections of the trail have steep sides. No swimming is allowed from any part of the trail due to the presence of potentially dangerous tidal currents.
Trail Rating Easy low (less then 5%) gradient, along crusher dust wide Trans Canada Trail, Active Transportation corridor, along an acquired abandoned rail corridor that crosses Cole Harbour via woodland, bridges and a long causeway
Information The Salt Marsh Trail is part of the abandoned Musquodoboit railroad that has been transformed into a part of the Trans Canada Trail. The trail provides an easygoing adventure for hikers and bikers alike. This trail is also a popular cross-country skiing destination in the wintertime. 
Choose a short walk (1.0 km) out to the first bridge and back, or for more of a challenge, go the entire 6.5 km route for a 13 km round trip. The trail is very level and the surface is crusher dust. There are markers for every kilometer of this trail to help you keep track of how far you have traveled.  
Connect to Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association for more information (including a brochure guide) about trails in the area. The website also provides information about bird observations in the area and a link for you to print your own checklists. Or, visit their facebook page for current events!
Trail or Water Route Map
Hours Dawn till dusk