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Trail 3 – O'Brien Trail

This trail begins at the lookout where you can experience a magnificent view of Oxen Pond. The vegetation around the lookout is known to Newfoundlanders as barrens. It is an acidic heathland of low sweet blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), partridgeberry/lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) and a native rhododendron, rhodora (Rhododendron canadense). Caribou moss (actually a lichen) covers the ground with a creamy white hue. White throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) seem to sit on every shrub singing their patriotic "O Sweet Canada, Canada, Canada" refrain. This area is windswept and cold on a poor day but a place to saunter and bide some time on still, warm sunny days, it really is a piece of paradise. Larch (Larix laricina), sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia) and the native pink lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule) are scattered throughout. From the barren the trail descends through paper birch (Betula papyrifera), larch, spruce and fir forest. This is a wonderful place to see and hear birds such as pine siskins (Carduelis pinus), ruby-crowned kinglets (Regulus calendula) and red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis). Wet flushes spanned by boardwalks are festooned with ferns and the constant trickle of streams creates a feeling of perfect solitude.

Trail 2 - O'Brien Trail Trail 4 - Owens Trail