Kenomee Trail System

Economy RiverThe following trails are part of the Kenomee Trails System, a network of hiking trails situated in West Colchester highlighting the Economy River, gorges, waterfalls and the Economy River Wilderness Area. These trails are managed by Kenomee Trail Society.

 

For a map of these trails, click here.

En route to these trails, stop at the Minas Basin Lookoff along the River Phillip Road in Economy and enjoy the beautiful, panoramic view of Economy Mountain, Economy Point, and the north and south shores of the Minas Basin.

Kenomee Hiking and Walking Trails Map and Interpretive Guide

Available at a cost of $4 at the following locations:

      • Cobequid Interpretation Centre, 3248 Highway 2, Economy (July and August)
      • Colchester Recreation, Municipality of Colchester, 1 Church Street, Truro.

The guide also includes trails at Five Islands Provincial Park and Thomas' Cove.

Devil's Bend Trail

Devil's Bend TrailThis hiking trail follows the Economy River below Economy Falls. The trail offers wonderful views of the river from cliffs as high as 50 m. Other sections of the trail run along the rich floodplain and riparian zone. The trail winds through mature forests of maple, beech, birch, red spruce and hemlock. Watch for white-tailed deer, birds of prey, songbirds and a variety of wildflowers. Economy Falls is at the north end of the trail.

Type: Linear
Length: 6.6 km
Surface: Soil, footpath
Rating: Moderate; steep sections
Marking: Painted route markers
Permitted Use: Hiking
Access: Route 2 to Economy. North onto River Phillip Road (unpaved road, rough sections), follow road and signs for 4 km to Devil's Bend Trail (lower) parking area, or 7 km to Economy Falls (upper) parking area.

Information:

Kenomee Trail Society 902-647-2271
Cobequid Interpretive Centre, 3248 Hwy 2 in Economy 902-647-2600 (July and August)

Economy Falls Trail

Economy Falls TrailExperience one of the province's largest waterfalls. At Economy Falls, the Economy River cascades over the Cobequid Escarpment on its way to the Bay of Fundy. This trail begins at the Economy Falls parking area, follows the access road for a short distance, then veers left and follows a wide path through mixed forest to the stairs (186 steps) which descend steeply to the base of the falls. Watch for songbirds, a variety of wildflowers, and evidence of an ever-changing waterfall.

Type: Linear
Length: 1 km
Surface: Gravel road, gravel path, dirt path, wooden stairs
Rating: Easy/moderate; very steep stairs to the base of the falls
Marking: Follows gravel path and dirt path
Permitted Use: Hiking
Access: Route 2 to Economy. North onto River Phillip Road (unpaved road, rough sections), follow road and signs for 7 km to upper parking area near Economy Falls.

Information:

Kenomee Trail Society 902-647-2271
Cobequid Interpretive Centre, 3248 Hwy 2 in Economy 902-647-2600 (July and August)

Cobequid Escarpment Trail

Cobequid Escarpment TrailTake a hike on the edge...the edge of the Cobequid Escarpment! Beginning above Economy Falls, this loop trail follows a bridge across the Economy River gorge and ascends to the upper slopes of the Cobequid Escarpment. From there the trail follows the east side of the Economy River, crosses the river (no bridge) and joins the Devil's Bend Trail, and returns to the stairs near the falls. Enjoy the mature hemlock forest and the views.

Type: Loop
Length: 2.5 km
Surface:

Gravel path, dirt path, wooden stairs and bridge. Must ford Economy River below the falls (no bridge)

Rating: Moderate (wilderness standard); steep sections; must ford river below the falls
Marking: Follow path and trail markers
Permitted Use: Hiking
Access: Route 2 to Economy. North onto River Phillip Road (unpaved road, rough sections), follow road and signs for 7 km to upper parking area near Economy Falls. Follow trail toward Economy Falls.

Information:

Kenomee Trail Society 902-647-2271
Cobequid Interpretive Centre, 3248 Hwy 2 in Economy 902-647-2600 (July and August)

Kenomee Canyon Trail

Kenomee Canyon TrailThis is a spectacular and challenging 18-km hiking trail through the provincially protected Economy River Wilderness Area. This trail is one of the few wilderness trails in Nova Scotia and is intended for experienced hikers only. The trail follows the Economy River gorge, passes by Newton Pond and Newton Lake and includes spur trails to waterfalls on Chain Lake Stream and Murphy Brook. The trail has several stream and river fords, with no bridges.

Type: Loop
Length: 18 km (allow 8 to 10 hours to complete the hike)
Surface: Foot path, no bridges
Rating: Challenging (wilderness standard); steep sections; must ford river and streams
Marking: Follow orange trail markers
Permitted Use: Hiking
Camping: Camp only at designated sites at Chain Lake Stream, Murphy Brook, and Newton Lake. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Hikers who plan to camp should check in with the Cobequid Interpretive Centre in Economy (open July and August). Campfires are not permitted for ecological reasons.
Access: Route 2 west to Economy. North onto River Phillip Road (unpaved road, rough sections), follow road and signs for 7 km to upper parking area near Economy Falls. Follow trail to Economy Falls. Kenomee Canyon Trail begins near Economy Falls.

Information:

Kenomee Trail Society 902-647-2271
Cobequid Interpretive Centre, 3248 Hwy 2 in Economy 902-647-2600 (July and August)