1) Pasture Spruce - The original forest at the opening to the park would have been a tolerant hardwood stand of maple, beech and birch. The earliest settlers cleared the land to create pasture for livestock. After the pastures were abandoned, the pasture slowly grew up in mostly white spruce trees, which is what is evident today. Overtime the spruce stand that grows today in the former pasture will eventually revert to hardwood climax forest.
2) Wetland - Beaver Mountain Park has a wetland situated in a natural valley where the remains of a series of beaver dams and flowage can be seen. The beaver moved on to the stream and built their dams which in turn flooded the stream banks and margins cr eating a wetland habitat.
3) Hardwood Ridge - The back of the park is host to a tolerant hardwood stand, which is in the mature climax stage. There are several species of maples, beech and yellow birch in this stand. In some areas, older trees that have fallen down have created an opening to allow young trees to become established.
Located in Antigonish County near the Trans-Canada Highway 104. After taking Exit 30, turn south, and a very short distance later you will see a service road leading past Riverside Speedway. After turning onto the service road, continue 3 kilometers and you will arrive at the Park's main entrance, where you will find ample parking.
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Posted By: #callmecarol
- Mon May 16 22:47:09 UTC 2016
UpsideEasy ~6k with only a couple of climbs. Several spots where trail is blocked with water or downed trees in mid-May. DownsideNo active beaver colony that we could find. CommentThe trail is very well marked but do take a pic of the trail head map with you when you go. At the trail head stay on the paved section rather than veering left. There are a number of alternative sections that branch here and there so refer to the map when in doubt. We had zero difficulty staying the trail with the map and marker's help. Note that if you take the outer trail back to start after the top loop (rather than tracking back to the (non-existent) dam and retracing you are in for some uphills.
Posted By: LisaY
- Fri Feb 27 05:24:06 UTC 2015
Upsidenone DownsideGot lost CommentTrails not marked at all. We followed an old logging trail or something, walked to a dead end,saw nothing but a porcupine and gave up.
Posted By: jport3r
- Fri Jun 13 18:04:20 UTC 2014
UpsideBeautiful scenery and lots of options for trails if you're not scared of exploring. DownsideTrails not marked at all. Easily to get mixed up. CommentSecond time trying to hike this trail and we tried to use the map provided although we are okay with exporing we want to find the active beaver colony. We are going to attempt it once more and measure all our distance so we can hopefully possibly do the whole trail. Other than that issue with a shortage of markers, it is beautiful and perfect for the Explorer who doesn't mind backtracking.