Hiking the 9 Mile River Trail System
Honest to gawd, who can keep up with the burgeoning number of trails in Nova Scotia? We are so lucky to have so many, but I had never heard of the 9 Mile River trail until my friend invited me to try it out.
This volunteer maintained trail (thank you folks!) consists of 3 loops with a couple more to come. The sign at the trail head boldly states these trails total to about 8 kms but it's actually more than 10 km. Just so you know. Click To Tweet
Nova Scotia has had a wild winter with lots of rain and ice. The trail reflected that -very icy in most spots. My husband gave me a new pair of trail crampons for Christmas –Hillsound $70 -and they are awesome. Easy to put on, fit snugly and best of all, made me feel confident on the ice. That’s important when you are old(er)
The volunteers have done a fabulous job with the trail. It’s well marked, and and signage tells us what trail we are on at junctions. The trail meanders along through a softwood forest over many boardwalks and up a few hills-nothing too bad. There are lakes dotted around the trail and in summer, a picnic table along the way. I would definitely hike this trail again.
What You Need to Know About the 9 Mile River Trail
Find the trail head at 1143 Enfield Rd, Nine Mile River, less than 20 km from the Halifax Stanfield Airport
This trail is rated as moderate to difficult (length) Prepare for your hike accordingly with the necessary supplies.
Crampons are definitely recommended in winter-at the very least, shove them in your backpack.
Time of travel is listed on the website as 3-4 hours. It took us the entire 4 hours but, I assume it would be less in other seasons.