In an effort to protect the natural splendour of the Trail, overnight hikers are encouraged to stay at designated campsites. There are three types of sites: Platform Sites, Primitive Sites and Shelter Sites which are discussed below. Please note that as of 2022, sites cannot be reserved and will operate under a “first come, first serve basis”.
The first campsite after leaving the eastern trailhead at Daly Point Reserve is at the Eagle (Gitpu) Campsite a distance of 25 km. Thereafter, campsites can be found every 5 to 15 km until the Trail’s termination in Mt. Carleton Park (western trailhead). All campsites are within sight of the Nepisiguit River and a readily accessible water supply (with the exception of the Popple Depot site which will require a 300-meter walk to the Popple Depot Bridge). Campsite locations can be seen on this website’s “Interactive Map”. It is highly recommended to purchase the SNMT guidebook and the SNMT topographic map for more detailed information.
A few of the sites have teepees. These are not fixed structures and are periodically removed for maintenance and repairs. Hikers are invited to visit them but dirt floors and a tendency to leak in wet weather make them unsuitable for overnight accommodations. Their main purpose is to remind visitors of the Mi’gmaq peoples who lived in the Nepisiguit watershed for millennium. In such natural settings, the teepees also offer striking photo opportunities.
There are six platform camping sites along the trail. All of them are within the Trail’s Delta Zone (ie. between Access Points A and L). With the exception of the Salmon (Plamu) site they are equipped with a composting toilet. Each site has two to four platforms.
Gitpu (Eagle) Teepee and four platforms.
Gitpu is located roughly 2 km upriver from Gegoapsgog of Section C-D. This campsite sits along the banks of the Nepisiguit River on ancient pink granite surrounded by mixed forest. The little point at Gitpu has beautiful oak trees. Facing the river, if you look to the right, you will see Gitpu menigu (eagle Island) where a large bald eagle nest can be seen in a giant white pine at the head of the island.
Plamu (Salmon) Three platforms.
Plamu is located not far out of the way within Access E on highway 360. This is a small three platform campsite with no composting toilet. We ask that hikers go far from the campsite and bury their feces.
Muin (Bear) Teepee and three platforms.
Muin is located at the Chain of Rocks at the end of section E-F. One of our more popular sites, Muin is frequently visited by day hikers who walk in from Access E and back. There is a composting toilet on this site. The cascading flow of the Chain of Rocks rapids is a beautiful scenic spot which is popular among visitors.
Tiam (Moose) Teepee and three platforms.
Tiam is rightfully named as it is located in an area frequently visited by moose. The Campsite sits close down on the river making it a great place to enjoy that morning cup of coffee while looking up and down the beautiful river vistas.
Geonig (Otter) Teepee and three platforms.
Geonig is a unique campsite nestled up off the river along Coles Brook. The campsite overlooks the beautiful cascading brook where the water flows over moss covered rocks. It is situated under old pine and hardwood mixed forest. Geonig is the last developed campsite of its kind along the trail.
Finding naturally flat and reasonably drained areas to pitch a tent along the Trail can be surprising difficult. However, twelve so-called primitive campsites have been developed. They have no amenities but offer the most natural of settings for those seeking a complete escape from civilization.
There are 4 shelters located in the Trail’s Valley and Mountain Zones (ie. between Access Points L and U). The shelters (supplied by Junction Lumber Products) have an overhanging roof, a wooden floor and three cedar log walls (one side open). Over the next two years, it is hoped that four new shelters will be added in the Trail’s Delta Zone (ie. between Access Points A and L). Another initiative would see the installation of composting toilets at all the shelter sites.
Papog’jigj (Bah Bohk jeej) “Little playful waters.” – 40-mile brook.
Wantaqpegitg (wan·tahk·pe·gitk) “flowing calmly” – Grants Brook.
Gelo’tg (ge·loodk) “The guards, -watchers of the river.” Below Devil’s elbow.
Pagoegonaq (ba-go-egg-go-nawk) “Where the water gets shallow.” Little south Branch.