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Mary Lyon Trail

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This trail runs along old woods roads and dirt roads through a historical town.


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4.9

Miles

7.9

KM

Point to Point

1,475' 449 m

High

774' 236 m

Low

459' 140 m

Up

926' 282 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Wildlife

The north parking area is on a dirt road and there's no where to park at the south end.

Need to Know

Some portions of this trail are poorly maintained and difficult to follow. Parts of this trail coincide with a snowmobile trail; please be aware of snowmobilers. Unfortunately, the link on the Ashfield Trails website to this trail sends you to Ridge Hill Trail.

Description

Starting from the parking area on Bailey Road, travel back down the road. Look for the Ashfield Trails sign on the chain gate for the trail entrance.

It follows the edge of the woods, then turns right uphill. It fuses with Secondary 112 (BRSC) and continues to the top of the hill. Secondary 112 (BRSC) turns left and Mary Lyon Trail continues straight.

It climbs over the ridge, then descends down to Barnes Branch Road. Turn left (past the pond) and continue down the road. When you reach the intersection with Barnes Road, continue straight.

The trail travels for a while, then takes a sharp back left into the woods. This section of the trail is very poorly maintained and it may be more prudent to follow the roads. If you choose to follow the woods path, try not to get clothes-lined by saplines running across the trail. Descend along Phillips Road to Baptist Corner Road and continue east.

Turn right onto North Bear River Road, signed as Bear River Road. Follow the dead-end road past where the pavement ends. In a short distance, the trail turns left into the woods. After descending the hill, the trail fuses with a snowmobile trail that goes out to the powerlines.

Here, the trails split slightly, then coincide over the bridge. The trail follows the edge of a ridge, then descends to Beldingville Road.

Flora & Fauna

Flora: Hop Hornbeam, Wintergreen, Eastern Hemlock, Forsythia, White Pine, Christmas Fern.

Fauna: Bluejay, Robin, Barred Owl, Grey Squirrel, Chickadee.

Contacts

Local Club: Ashfield Trails

Shared By:

David Smith

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#569

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