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Lower St. John River Valley Region

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Osprey on the Lincoln Community Trail

Quick Facts

Difficulty easy
Trail Type mixed
Distance 900 meters
Estimated Time 30 mins
Surface Type wood chips, dirt
Elevation Change 6 meters
Features wetlands
Trail Markers none but easy to follow
Scenary Rating beautiful
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception strong
Dog Friendly yes
Fees none
GPS File available on request

Description

The Lincoln Community Trail is a short trail but it has an amazing amount of wildlife and birds. The trail starts by looping through what looks like an old field that has grown up in alders. Near the back of the loop you will pass through a small field and just past that a small trail will take you down to the edge of the wetland. When I was there in May I saw many small songbirds in the alders and a small Downy Woodpecker seemed to be following me down the trail.

Touch Tree on the Lincoln Community Trail

A side trail called the Beaver Trail takes you past a tree that invites you to touch it. The trail then drops down to the edge of the wetland. A narrow burm takes you through the wetland and crosses four bridges. Look around. You will see songbirds in the alders along the burm, a blue heron or sandpiper wading along the edges of the ponds, Red-winged Blackbirds singing from their perch on top of cattails, or maybe even an Osprey or a Bald Eagle hunting in the pond. I saw a couple of muskrats but didn't see any of the beavers that would have built the large beaver hut in the pond.

Bridges on the Lincoln Community Trail

After the last bridge the trail meanders through the long grass and eventually enters a grove of trees. Not long after entering the grove you will come to a sandy beach along the shores of the St. John River. Return the way you came and make sure you walk slowly and quietly to maximize your wildlife exposure.

The Lincoln Community Trail is owned and managed by the Nature Conservency of Canada.

Directions

From the entrance to the airport in Lincoln, drive back towards Fredericton for one kilometre. On the right you will see the entrance to the Lincoln Elementary School. Park in front of the school and follow the cement walkway along the left side of the school back to the playground. Continue along the left of the playground and you will find the trail enter the woods.

Lincoln Community Trail Head

From the Sign

Lincoln Community Trail sign

Nature Conservancy of Canada's Lincoln Wetland Nature Preserve is a 21-acre site that consists of a variety of wetlands, fields, open marsh and a silver maple forest that stretches along the shoreline of the St. John River.

Within the forest, there are a number of endangered butternut trees with a diameter of over 30 cm!

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Trail Last Hiked: May 20, 2019.

Page Last Updated: May 21, 2019.