The Tryon River Trail is accessed at #37 Rte 10 at Tryon, close to the intersection of the Tobin Road. The 1882 map identifies the roads at this intersection as the Old Tryon Road and the Bedeque Road. Not surprisingly, an inn and tavern was located at this site. Originally operated by the Crawford family, the location became known as Crawford’s Corner; one can only assume it was a likely resting spot for the weary traveler.
One of the earliest known maps of Tryon dated 1793, and shows only a footpath through the community. Part of the Tryon River Trail follows this footpath closely, and while hiking the trail can be easily reminded of an earlier human presence in the community. Stone artifacts found along the river are evident of visitors to this area as far back as 11,000 years ago. The 1765 Holland map shows the location of approximately 20 Acadian buildings close by; today on the saltwater marshes, ditches and the remains of an old Acadian dyke can still be seen.
For about 200 years, the Tryon River hosted many activities such as mills, harvesting of marsh hay, shipbuilding and fishing. Today the river as reverted back to a more natural state. The fragile environment of the river and marsh system host an abundance of fish, birds, and wildlife which can be observed from a number of vantage points along the trail. A recent sighting of a black squirrel, a colour variation affecting 1 in a 1000 of our native Red Squirrel, created some interest within the community and its residents.
One can also enjoy the numerous varieties of native plants, shrubs, and trees in the area. As an aid for interpretation, many of these varieties are identified on the trail with name plates. Each season of the year this flora provides its own creative display of colours.
The location of the trail makes it fairly well buffered from the potentially damaging effects of erosion, and this accounts for the relatively healthy condition of this part of the river system. Part of the adjacent land acts as a sediment trap and the naturally reclaimed bog provides for an interesting discussion.
The trail offers easy to moderate walking conditions, depending on how far you want to go! Trail guides describing the natural and historic sites are available in a box at the trail entrance.
SSWA would like to thank Jack Sorenson, resident and historian, for this description of the trail.