One of my favourite areas to drive around during the fall is along Route 8 in the southwest region of the province. I usually stop for a visit in Kejimkujik National Park, but on this road trip I decided to venture to a small wilderness pocket.
Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness, located about 10km from Annapolis Royal and Milford House, is one of the many hidden day-use gems that you will drive past and not give it a second glance. However, an hour is all you need to discover its beauty.
The first section you see when arriving is the picnic area. A number of tables and benches are spread out amongst the large granite erratics covered in moss and trees. Plenty of areas to watch the Ten Mile River flowing from Lambs Lake. There are a number of paths in this section, pick the right one and you will start the trek towards the beach!
The beach is a small sand section along Lambs Lake, located about five minutes from the picnic area. This is a popular swimming hole for those hot summer days. The forest in this section is mostly softwood and little underbrush. This section offers two small hiking loops.
The last section is called ski. This is a straight line trail over mossy floor as the forest is mixed but with a little more hardwood as you progress up. This is an easy walk. You will hit a dirt road and you can opt to loop back via Route 8 or back to the start.
You can easily spend an hour or two and walk a little over 3 kms. Perfect amount of time to stretch your legs, enjoy a light lunch in the woods by yourself or with a small group.
You can take a closer look at our day-use adventure and download the track file.