The Central Hills of PEI
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The magic of a rail trail is that it remains relatively level in the midst of whatever terrain it traverses. PEI is known for its potatoes but not along the fourteen-kilometre trail section between Breadalbane and Hunter River.
Railway engineers in Central PEI followed contours midway up steep slopes, creating a sinuous route through a patchwork of hardwood groves and pastures. A single wooden bridge in a narrow valley crosses the Hunter River, which flows to the north shore. Steep contours restrict farm machinery so beef and dairy operations are prevalent, with lesser slopes being used to grow hay for feed. The route is remote from main roads but occasionally the tops of farm buildings can be sighted through the hedgerows where vistas permit.
The greenway is very attractive and very peaceful all year but especially during the height of fall colours in early October. In their splendor overhead, groves of maple, poplar and birch create a dappled trail surface of yellow to red castoff leaves as the season progresses and a few hardy wildflower blossoms persist until after Thanksgiving.