The Aspotogan Trail

Aspotogan Trails Rails To Bicycle Trails Halifax Nova Scotia

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Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (distance).

Setting: Converted railway trail, lakes, rivers.

Facilities: Parking, picnic tables, benches.

Signage: Minimal, info kiosks at trailheads.

  • 13km section of larger Rum Runners Trail (Halifax-Lunenburg).

  • Converted #rails-to-trails with crusher dust base.

  • Passes multiple lakes, rivers and a small coastal beach.


     The Astpotogan Trail connects the communities for Hubbards and East River.  It is a 13km section of a larger trail that connects Halifax to Lunenburg, known as the Rum Runner’s Trail.  This inland section often follows along water, whether a river, brook, lake or pond.  A former railway now converted to a multi-use trail popular for walking, biking, and ATV travel.Aspotogan trail halifax nova scotia

     These converted #rails-to-trails are extensive throughout Nova Scotia and this particular route from Halifax to Lunenburg encompasses the Chain of Lakes Trail, B.L.T. Trail, St. Margaret’s Bay Trail, Aspotogan Trail, Chester Connector Trail, and Dynamite Trail.

Superb Cycling

     This former railway has no especially steep inclines or declines making it ideal for biking.  The packed crusher dust base may not be well-suited to road bikes with thin tires but is packed enough to be easily done with hybrid or mountain bikes with their typically thicker tires.  It’s well maintained with potholes and other anomalies kept to a minimum. Curated biking gear.

     The crusher dust can be unevenly packed in some sections due to ATV traffic.  ATV’s share these trails, so you should always keep your head up, stop and move to the side to let them pass.  ATV drivers have always been respectful of the rules and etiquette from my experience on these trails.

     Signage is kept to a minimum with maps and other info posted on large information kiosks at the trailheads. Parking is limited to the trailheads and there are very few additional access points.

Flowing Scenery

     There are scenic bridges along the trail, Fox Brook BridgeLittle East River Bridge, and (in my opinion) the most scenic part of the trail; the East River Bridge.  There’s also a picnic area on Noonan Lake and other benches and picnic tables at a few other points.

     A few stopping points that can be accessed with short diversions from the trail.  A short access road leads off-trail to Meisner’s Beach where you can take a dip or get a fresh breath of cool ocean air.  East River Provincial Park, a day-use picnic park, can be accessed by travelling 400m off-trail along Highway 3.

     The 13km trail takes about an hour (one way) by bike, but I would allow at least 2 hours if you want to take your time and enjoy the scenic areas.

Aspotogan Trail Habitat:

Aspotogan Peninsula | Shearwater | Downy Woodpecker | …more


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