Butter Trail - Short Line Trail
Trans Canada Trail
|Where To Find Us||
Tatamagouche Trailhead (main trailhead)
24 Station Rd
Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0
|Areas Served||Nova Scotia|
|Information||January 5, 2023 - The Butter Trail is now OPEN to all users between Creamery Square and Bayhead Hwy 6 crossing.
The Butter Trail is a 5-km section of rail trail in Tatamagouche, on the north shore of Nova Scotia. It offers views of the Waugh River and Tatamagouche Bay on the Northumberland Strait, and is within walking distance of village amenities. Highlights along the trail include Waugh River Bridge, French River Bridge, Creamery Square, Patterson Wharf, and Nelson Memorial Park. The Butter Trail is named after the Tatamagouche Creamery where butter was made.
The Butter Trail is part of the Short Line Trail which stretches 107 km between the towns of Oxford (Cumberland County) and Pictou (Pictou County). Tatamagouche Area Trails Association maintains and manages the 25-km portion of the Short Line Trail in Colchester County.
Great for bicycling or long-distance adventure, the Short Line Trail meanders through forests and farmland. It skirts many wetlands and crosses numerous streams, some with large sandstone culverts. Bridges span the Wallace River, French River, Waugh River and River John. Part of the Trans Canada Trail, the Short Line Trail connects our communities today as the railway did for nearly a century.
Butter Trail / Short Line Trail (in Colchester County):
Permitted uses: walking, bicycling, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ATVing, dogs on leash. Users are to obey posted signs.
Trail surface: firm crushed gravel, wooden bridges
Trail rating: "easy", flat
Trailheads and access points with parking: