"Rockwood Park" Saint John Things to Do Tip by puuzzleguy

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  Lily Lake from cliff top trail
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  • Lily Lake from cliff top trail - Saint John
      Lily Lake from cliff top trail
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  • Long Lake in Autumn - Saint John
      Long Lake in Autumn
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  • Trail toward park lookout - Saint John
      Trail toward park lookout
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  • Harrigan Lake in Winter - Saint John
      Harrigan Lake in Winter
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  • Stream-side trail in April - Saint John
      Stream-side trail in April
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Rockwood Park is the second largest municipal park in Canada. It has a fascinating history going back over 100 years. One elderly gentleman explained that it was named for the rock and the trees! Indeed it is lovely in those respects, as well as having many lakes within its bounds.

The city is not rich, so the park is not filled with fancy facilities - but there is nature in abundance, and two supervised beaches and a well regarded campground located within the park. There is also quite a beautiful golf course where the rough is truly rough! The park and the beaches are free access, but the campground and the golf course have reasonable fees. There is a children's farm animal area with free access, and on the opposite side of the very large park there is a small zoo with paid access.

But for me the real charm of the park is its extensive network of hiking trails. From one side of the park to the other is around 6 kilometers and it is almost as wide.

Check out the web link for further interesting tidbits and a map.

Address: north end of Mount Pleasant Ave. (North)
Directions: Main entrance via exit 125 westbound off of route 1 - turn right onto Mount Pleasant. Or exit 123 eastbound off of route 1 - turn left at first light, right at 2nd light and follow signs.
Website: http://www.new-brunswick.net/Saint_John/rockwood/rockwood.html

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 10, 2007
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