April 2, 2020

Re: Closure of Dobson Trail

Fellow Hikers, Trail builders and Outdoor Enthusiasts,

As of today, the Dobson Trail will be closed indefinitely in order to support measures to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. After consulting with our community partners and considering the advice of health professionals and most recent directives by the provincial government we have determined this is the safest course of action for our community.

The Fundy Hiking Trails Association executive committee will continue to provide regular updates concerning both the Dobson Trail and Fundy Footpath on social media and on our website.

Thank you for your support and cooperation,

-FHTA executive

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March 18, 2020

Re: Update on trail use during Covid-19

Fellow Hikers, Trail Builders and Outdoor Enthusiasts,

During this unprecedented time, the Fundy Hiking Trails Association executive is strongly advising all trail users to refrain from all overnight hiking activities on the Dobson Trail.

This decision was made after much careful consideration and discussion. Our first responders are always there to support us when we are in a time of need in the wilderness. At this time, we need to support them, so they can focus their time and energy on protecting and providing medical care to our communities and the most vulnerable.

If you do decide to day hike the trail, exercise caution and minimize risk to yourself and other trail users by follow the public health guidelines, including social distancing (at least 2 meters): https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html#p

Also a reminder to use proper trip planning procedures as per AdventureSmart standards: https://www.adventuresmart.ca/tripplanning/planning.htm

Please note, the Fundy Footpath is currently closed for the season.

Thank you for your cooperation,

-FHTA Executive

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The Fundy Hiking Trail Association is a non-profit group of volunteers who maintain the Dobson Trail and the Fundy Footpath.  All trail maintenance, development, and promotion is done through the work of volunteers.

If you enjoy the outdoors and want to donate some of your time or expertise to improve these wonderful trails, we would love to have you join our team. If you prefer to make a monetary donation in lieu of your time, please contact us or use the link on the left.

Get trip planning advice on our very active Facebook page.  Don’t forget to use #fundyfootpath or #dobsontrail when sharing pictures of our beautiful trails!

Fundy Footpath

49.3 km: Fundy National Park to Big Salmon River
  • The Fundy Footpath is a rugged 49.3 km wilderness trail with steep changes in elevation that runs from New Brunswick’s  Fundy Trail Parkway near Big Salmon River to Fundy National Park. In 2017, over 1,000 people hiked the trail from end-to-end.
  • Completed in the fall of 1994, the Fundy Footpath has quickly garnered attention as a world-class wilderness hiking experience.  In 2015, Explore Magazine listed the Fundy Footpath as one of the 50 best hiking trails on the planet!
  • Hiking the Fundy Footpath?  Click here for trip planning info!

Dobson Trail

57.75 km: Riverview to Fundy National Park
  • The Dobson Trail is a continuous footpath through New Brunswick’s Albert County wilderness that stretches 57.75 km from Riverview to the northern-eastern boundary of Fundy National Park.
  • It is an all-season trail traversing a variety of woodland terrain. The trail winds through deciduous and coniferous stands, crosses a beaver dam, touches a lake, ascends slopes, and features magnificent look-outs including Prosser Brook Ridge, the Kent Hills windmills, and spectacular Hayward Pinnacle.
  • Hiking the Dobson Trail?  Click here for trip planning info!

Fundy Trek

140 km: Riverview to Big Salmon River
  • The Fundy Trek is the name given to the continuous trail that is made possible by hiking the complete Dobson Trail, through the Fundy National Park Trails to connect and hike the Fundy Footpath.

To get an idea of what the Fundy Footpath has to offer, watch the video below showing one man’s novice journey – with an experienced support crew of course!

At the Town of Riverview’s Volunteer Recognition Night 2018, we were proud to recognize Dobson Trail Master Jessie Arrowsmith for her outstanding volunteer work with the Fundy Hiking Trails Association.  Her most recent project has been working with other volunteers in the community to develop a 3 day, overnight camping experience in Fundy National Park for at-risk youth in the Greater Moncton Area.