Our field trip to Avondale, Hants County this Saturday will include the Avondale Trail System and the Avondale Sky Winery which is hosting an Art Fair and Ginger Festival on Saturday as well.
We will meet at 1 pm at the trail head behind the Avondale Community Centre at 50 Avondale Cross Road. Please bring a field trip waiver with you. Hiking boots, sunscreen and insect repellant are recommended.
How to get there: Take Exit 5 off the 101 Highway just east of Windsor. Off Exit 5 take Highway 14 toward Brooklyn. Go about 6 kms and just past the St. Croix River turn left toward Mantua, Poplar Grove and Avondale. Go 1 km and turn left at the stop sign toward Poplar Grove, Avondale and Newport Landing. Go 7 kms into Newport Landing and then veer right onto the Avondale Cross Road. The Avondale Community Hall is a few hundred meters up the hill on the right side of the road. There is parking behind the Hall where the trail head is located.
The Trail System is primarily in the woods and consists of three interconnected trails – Westbrook, Mosher and Tunnel Quarry totalling 4.8 kms which are known for three lady slipper varieties. I scouted the trail last Saturday and saw pink lady slippers along the Westbrook Trail. The other trail head for the System is at the Avondale Sky Winery which is only a few hundred meters up the road from the Community Hall. So you can do as much or as little of the trail as you want and then go to the Winery. The trail is of moderate difficulty with some steep grades and tree roots over the trail in some areas. There are a few muddy areas but boardwalks in good repair are over the wettest areas. The trail is well marked with yellow markers and has excellent signage at all trail intersections. Here is a link to the trail website which includes a description and map.
There are ticks on this trail. I’ve walked it twice and picked a few ticks off my clothes the first time and had none last Saturday. Here is a link with information including how to dress for ticks.
Avondale Sky Winery – 80 Avondale Cross Road – Tours with tastings are at 2 and 4 pm and cost $13. which is reduced if you buy some wine. The main building for the Winery has an interesting history. It was a church in another community and transported here in an interesting feat of engineering. They have a good restaurant as well.
Art Fair and Ginger Fest – is an annual event held at the Winery. There is a $2 charge for the Art Fair and Ginger Fest.
If you want to explore a little and grab some lunch before we meet at 1 p m, the Avon River Heritage Society Museum at 17 Belmont Road has a café which opens at noon. The Museum is located at the spot that two ships with New England Planters landed in 1760. Also there is a municipal park next to the Museum which has some picnic tables. The Museum is less than a five minute drive from the Avondale Cross Road.
Folks at the Museum advise that Saturday is also yard sale day in Avondale so they may get a little crowded but it is hard to predict.
Please email me if you have any questions or phone: 902-422-8164.
Please let me know if you plan to attend.
I hope you can join us on Saturday!