I received an e-mail from a Hiking NB user a few weeks ago asking for ideas for a campsite that would require a 2-4 hour hike to access that is maybe near a lake. The following is my response with all of the backcountry campsites I could think of that fit the requirements. I thought I would share it for anyone who might be interested in getting out of the campgrounds and deeper into nature. I know this is not all of the backcountry campsites in the province so I would be interested in hearing about any that I missed. Either post them in the comments for this post or on my facebook page.
Thanks for your interest in Hiking NB. The following is the list of locations I can think of that might satisfy your needs:
There are 10 backcountry campsites at Fundy Park. They are located at Tracy Lake, Myron Lake, Chambers Lake, and the outlet of Goose River at the start of the Fundy Footpath. A map of the sites can be found at Fundy Park Facilities Map for more information go to Fundy Park – Backcountry Camping.
There are 3 backcountry campsites at Kouchibouguac Park. Petit-Large is only 2.5 km from the parking and surrounded by fields and forest. The Sipu Canoe Campground at Middle Kouchibouguac can be reached by crossing the walking bridge for about a 1 km hike but if you left from Pijeboogwek and did the whole Kouchibouguac River Trail you could make it about a 5 km hike. These short hikes are probably not what you are looking for unless you also wanted to go to the beach when you were done. A map of the campsites can be found at Park Map and for more information on backcountry campsites see Kouchibouguac – Backcountry Campign
There is the Headwaters Campground near the peak of Mount Carleton. No lake but close to the peak of the tallest point in eastern Canada. You can see it on a map on the following page: Mount Carleton Peak Trail.
From the St. Martins (Fundy Trail Parkway) side of the Fundy Footpath there is the Big Salmon River Campsite that is about 2 km from the visitor center. There is also another campsite at Long Beach Brook another 3 km past that. If you want to hike even more the Seely Beach Brook Campground is another 5 km past that. (Note: These are very rough distances that I measured with my finger on a map). These would all be sites near the coast of the Bay of Fundy.
The Dobson Trail from Riverview to Fundy Park also has several campsites. There is one at km 35 shown on the trail guide map but there must be others that are unofficial campsites along the way. It looks like it’s on a stream. You could shorten up the distance to the site by starting from the Prosser Brook Road but that would mean only about 2 km of hiking. From there you could go check Hayward Pinnacle and add on another 5 km (10 km return) or you could start from where the trail crosses Route 910 which would make it about 9 km.
If you are looking for more information about the Dobson Trail or the Fundy Footpath you should join the Dobson Trail Fundy Footpath Catamount Trail on Facebook and post the question. There are many people in this group that have an in depth knowledge of the trails.
The only other place I can think of that has backcountry campsites is Mactaquac Provincial Park. They would only be about a 1 km hike and are along a small stream.
Hope this helps.