Rogart Mountain Trail is a scenic 6.2 km loop trail located in Earltown, Colchester County (outside Truro). It is rated moderate to difficult, and is designated as a wilderness footpath for hiking and snowshoeing. There are 17 signs posted along the trail that direct you to information in the interpretive guide outlining the history, culture, flora and fauna, and many other points of interest about the trail and the surrounding area.
The trailhead and parking area are located next to Sugar Moon Farm Maple Products and Pancake House. You can get the trail map and interpretive guide, snowshoes and delicious food there. More information on Sugar Moon Farm and Rogart Mountain Trail (including the trail map and interpretive guide) are available at:
The trail begins with a steady climb to the top of Rogart Mountain. Along the way, you’ll see a mix of hardwoods and softwoods -- rock maple, striped maple, yellow birches, spruce -- and the odd white lady slipper and other wildflowers. You’ll pass a rock wall built by settlers, enjoy the gentle babbling of New Portugal Brook, and take in the view of Boodle and Gunn Hills from Christy and Alex’s Lookoff. At Catherine’s Lookoff, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view eastward to Dalhousie and Ephraim Mountains in Pictou County.
At the summit of Rogart Mountain (elev 1,129 feet), you get views to the north, south and west, each one offering something unique. The North Lookoff has stunted beeches, unique lichens and mosses, and when the leaves are off the trees, you can see all the way to Prince Edward Island. The South Lookoff offers more stunted beech and maple, with views of the Nuttby Highlands, Upper North River and Onslow’s Hills. And last but not least, the West Lookoff has gnarly old maple and beech with views of Sugar Loaf and Tatamagouche Mountains and the towers on Nuttby Mountain.
From the summit the trail descends back into the woods offering the occasional glimpse of the surrounding farms and blueberry fields as well as the Northumberland Strait. You pass an odd grassland, mosey alongside Leattie (pronounced Letty) Brook, and towards the end of the hike, you’ll pass by Jane’s Falls, a small but pretty waterfall on a moss-covered rock face.
Finally, you’ll come out of the woods on to a cart road and walk by the foundations of old homesteads from the 1800s and 1900s, and back to the parking lot at Sugar Moon Farm. And now that you’ve worked up an appetite, go on in and get something good to eat!
Rogart Mountain Trail was completed in the fall of 2008 by Cobequid Eco-Trails Society (CE-TS). It is a volunteer-based project and is part of the long term vision of the Cape to Cape Trail, a 400 km footpath that will extend from Cape Chignecto in Cumberland County to Cape George in Antigonish County. An additional 28 km network of hiking trails is currently being developed near Earltown Lake and Gully Lake Wilderness Area.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this exciting trail and its construction, email email@example.com or for more information, visit www.capetocapetrail.com.
GPS Coordinates - Sugar Moon Farm
Latitude: 45º 33’ 44” N
Longitude: 63º 9’ 11” W
From Highway 104
- Take Exit 18A Mount Thom/Kemptown
- Bear right off ramp
- Bear left at T-intersection toward Kemptown (#4 west)
- Take second right (switchback turn) to Earltown/Kemptown
- Travel 1 km & take left onto Kemptown Road (gravel).
- Travel approx 13 km to Hwy #311
- Turn right onto Hwy #311 and immediately left onto the Alex
- Go about 1 km in, on the left
From Highway 102
- Take Exit 14A Onslow Tatamagouche (Just AFTER Truro)
- Do not make the mistake of taking Exit 13 or 13A, which mention the
- Bear right off ramp
- Travel approx 3 km
- Turn left onto Hwy #311 toward Tatamagouche (north)
- Travel about 20 minutes until you see Alex MacDonald Road on your
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