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Nepisiguit Mi'gmaq Trail

Emera Trail

Lou Murphy Park

Return to Saint John

Store

Store Lower St. John River

Gallery

View of Reversing Falls from Emera Trail

Quick Facts

Difficulty easy
Trail Type loop
Distance 1.2 km
Estimated Time 30 mins
Surface Type forested, rocky
Elevation Change 19 meters
Features reversing falls views
Trail Markers none but easy to follow
Scenary Rating beautiful
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception strong
Dog Friendly on a leash
Fees none
GPS File available on request

Description

The Emera Trail in Lou Murphy Park is a short trail but a pretty cool place to explore. The trail circles an open rocky peak with trails going across the middle of the peak. Around the loop there are several lookouts. One overlooks a subdivision of Milford tucked into a bend in the Saint John River. Another looks across at an old dock in Indiantown. The other three look across at the Reversing Falls, the islands near the falls and the pulp mill.

A deer in Lou Murphy Park

The trail travels through stunted hardwoods and bushes that make perfect hiding places for the many deer that hang out in the park.

Map

Directions

From the Reversing Falls Bridge in Saint John head west on Bridge Road (Route 100). At Simms Corner near the pulp mill turn right onto Main Street West. After 600 meters, just past Moosehead Breweries, turn right onto Church Avenue. After another 300 meters turn right once again onto Green Head Road. After 500 meters, just past an overpass over a rail line, turn right onto Milford Road. Drive for a kilometre and you will find the baseball field at Lou Murphy Park on the right.

Trail entrance

You can park by the baseball field. The trail enters the woods to the right of the baseball field.

In the winter months the parking area near the baseball field is not plowed so you will have to park at the Community Center across the street.

From the Sign

On August 2, 2011 at a regular Common Council meeting, Emera New Brunswick donated 27 acres of land located in Milford to the City of Saint John. The newly expanded park now has 35 acres of prime waterfront property, sitting high on a hill overlooking the beautiful St. John River and the Reversing Falls Rapids.

Upon its official opening, the Emera Trail Project also received a $10,000 donation from Emera New Brunswick to continue to enhance outdoor recreation and leisure activity options for Milford and nearby neighbourhoods.

Overlooking a subdivision in Milford

The expansion of Lou Murphy Park and the development of the Emera Trail are atributed to a successful partnership among community leaders, city officials and generous corporate support.

Trail Last Hiked: February 24, 2019.

Page Last Updated: August 17, 2019.