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Quinte Isle’s Millenium Trail from Blakely Rd to Fort Kente Rd (Trenton) Review
This re-purposed railway trail is over 40 kms long and runs right across the West side of Quinte Isle. Alot of it wanders through cultivated land and through small villages and towns or beside roadways. We like to walk these trails, but have a preference for the less populated stretches. So, to that point, this review will cover the stretch between Blakely and Fort Kente Roads which is the longest, most secluded length of the trail (4.7 kms one – way).
We parked on Smokes Point Road (exactly at the center of this stretch of trail) and went North-West to Fort Kente Rd. Upon our return, we went South-East from Smokes Point to Blakely Rd. to cover the entire length of this trail section. This link will open Google Maps at the location : https://goo.gl/maps/PFmYV35RByRoAsiN8
Smokes Point Rd to Fort Kente Rd (2.3 kms one – way)
The Wife was reading the signage at the roadside trailhead when we spotted one with some interesting phrasing. It read “no motorized vehicles other than ATVs, snow-mobiles, farm vehicles, and … self propelled implements of husbandry”. It took me awhile to realize that meant horses. A farmboy I am not … apparently. This stretch will walk you across a bridge with a lovely view of open water. After we crossed Harbard Rd, there was a small wetland that was roaring with hundreds of at least three different types of frogs, all croaking away simultaneously. We found remnants of the former use of this trail, in a length of train track railing half buried on the side of the trail.
Smokes Point Rd to Blakely Rd (2.4 kms one – way)
You may only want to walk the stretch from Smokes Point to where the trail meets and runs alongside Novotny Court. That’ll reduce your distance by 400 meters but you won’t have to view the roadway and residences. While the Northern half of this stretch walks through untended farmland, we still enjoyed it. The Southern half runs through a wetland. There’s a distant view of Weller’s Bay across a marsh at one point as well.
We spotted a ruin of some sort, through the trees that we later found on Google’s satellite view. It measures about 120’ by 70’, and looked like a huge old barn that had been stripped of it’s walls and roof. However, the roof structure was flat, not gabled like barns usually are, and the timbers looked very old. There’s a small bridge that appeared to have been burned in the past, or was constructed of old burnt rail ties. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any open water views from it, but that didn’t matter as there was plenty of open water right alongside the trail.
The Final Take
This stretch of trail has open water, wetlands, wildlife, bridges, and mysterious structures. An unexpected bonus was the silence. The only sound we heard was the wind in the trees. With the exception of a few residences where the trail crosses roads, it felt pretty secluded too.
Have a nice walk,