Hike NS of­fer­ing guided tour of new Green­hill trail

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY SAM MAC­DON­ALD THE NEWS GREEN­HILL

Green­hill Provin­cial Park is con­sid­ered an un­sung gem, among the many provin­cial parks in Nova Sco­tia — es­pe­cially with its new trail.

Hike Nova Sco­tia plans to get the park some much-de­served recog­ni­tion with a guided hike on the Green­hill Trail, at Green­hill Provin­cial Park. The Sept. 24 event will be a tour of the newly com­pleted trail that makes its way up the sig­nif­i­cant slope of the hill the park and trail are named af­ter.

Fran Wy­man, sec­re­tary of the Pic­tou County Trails As­so­ci­a­tion, was one of the team of vol­un­teers who helped cre­ate the new trail, ex­plor­ing the land­scape and even­tu­ally set­ting up a route for the trail to take.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to get peo­ple out there,” said Wy­man. “Hope­fully the trail will be used a lot.”

Wy­man said the pur­pose of the hike is just to in­tro­duce the newly com­pleted trail to a wider range of po­ten­tial guests. The trail is about 3 ½ kilo­me­tres — a dis­tance she hopes will ap­peal to a broad base of hik­ers. So far, a hand­ful of peo­ple have signed up, but Wy­man ex­pects more to be par­tic­i­pat­ing when the week­end of the hike rolls around.

“Peo­ple of­ten wait to see the weather con­di­tions for the day, so there may be peo­ple who regis­ter closer to the date, when they see what the long-range fore­cast looks like,” said Wy­man.

Re­cently, there was a ladiesonly trail build­ing ses­sion held – a por­tion of three years of cu­mu­la­tive trail build­ing work.

“So now, you can go from the park to the road. We wanted to make sure peo­ple knew about it,” said Wy­man.

“The trail is an off­shoot of Green­hill Provin­cial Park. It trav­els down the hill towards the Green­hill Road down be­low,” said Wy­man. “It’s a very steep sec­tion of land.”

So steep, in fact, that Wy­man said the hill was once used as a launch­ing point for hang glid­ers, adding, “they use to jump off the hill and de­scend into the val­ley be­low. It’s quite steep, and there are also strong up­drafts of wind there.”

The newly com­pleted trail in­cludes a num­ber of switch­back trails, so hik­ers can han­dle the steep slope. Wy­man stressed the im­por­tance of hik­ers watch­ing their foot­ing. A por­tion of the trail also fol­lows an old deer path, as well.

“It’s a bit chal­leng­ing,” said Wy­man, “but not un­doable.”

The hike will be a walk down the slope of the hill — and for the more ad­ven­tur­ous, a trek back up the same hill — a jour­ney of about seven kilo­me­tres on foot.

Wy­man noted that any­one not feel­ing up to the chal­lenge of go­ing back up the hill need not worry — there will be a ve­hi­cle wait­ing at the bot­tom to give a lift to their ve­hi­cle to any­one who needs one.

The new trail is a por­tion of the Cape to Cape Trail — one that will ex­tend, when com­pleted, from Cape Chignecto in Cum­ber­land County to Cape Ge­orge in Antigo­nish County.

“We’re not sure what the route will be, but we’re hope­ful quite a num­ber of landown­ers will give per­mis­sion for us to com­plete that trail,” said Wy­man.

The hike is sched­uled to be­gin at 1:30 p.m. Par­tic­i­pants are asked to pre-regis­ter by con­tact­ing Fran Wy­man at fran.wy­man@gmail. com.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hiken­o­vas­co­tia.ca.

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