Upper Salmon River Trail

Fundy National Park

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Distance: 8.2 km one way
Time: 3.5 h
Difficulty: Difficult Difficult
Steep Section(s): Yes
River crossing(s): Yes
Habitat: Forest, River

Before there were highways, there were rivers! The Upper Salmon River moved logs from far up its watershed to a lumber mill in Alma. Evidence of this river’s industrial past can still be seen along the 8.2 km Upper Salmon River Trail; look for remnants of old logs and dams poking out from the river’s banks.

The rocky terrain of this river valley trail is challenging at times, and two river crossings force hikers to remove their boots. The reward: crystal clear swimming pools and rugged river rapids, perfect for wading, swimming, or simply watching.

On a clear fall day, keep your eyes open for the majestic Inner Bay of Fundy salmon, for which this river is named.

River Crossings

Several trails in the park have river crossings. When water levels are high, crossing the river can be dangerous. Water levels are monitored and crossings are closed when conditions are hazardous. At these times, signs are posted at the trailhead to indicate the closure. If you are unsure about water conditions, don't take a chance.

Be Prepared!
  • Know your physical limits; Fundy’s wilderness is famous for its rugged cliffs and river valleys. Choose a trail that is challenging but enjoyable for you.
  • Pack for comfort and safety: A sweater and a windbreaker are good insurance against variable weather. We recommend footwear with good traction and support. Pack fresh water and a snack, even if you’re planning a short hike.
  • Plan your route and stick to it. Let someone know where you plan on hiking and your estimated time of return.
  • For your own safety and to preserve the ecological integrity of our Park, stay on marked trails.
  • Leave no trace! Please carry out all garbage, yours and any you may find on the trail.
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