This place really has it all: hiking, bird watching, cycling, skiing, snowshoeing, and maybe even some fishing!
How to get there
Take South Shore Road from downtown Inlet and drive 7 miles to the parking area on the left.
Spot one car in the Limekiln Lake Campground for a one-way trip.
The trail is nestled among spruce and balsam trees. Bird species often found here are warblers, Boreal Chickadee, White-Throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Dark Eyed Junco, Red Breasted Nuthatch, White Breasted Nuthatch, and various woodpeckers.
The trail to Third Lake Creek is a seldom-used path that may be tough going after the first 2 miles, but the winding creek along the trail is well worth the time. This path ends at the nature trail in the Limekiln Lake Campground. This path involves private land crossings; please stay on the trail. The entire length of the trail is around 5.0 miles.
For an added adventure to combine with a hike, native brook trout abound in Third Lake Creek's shallow waters. The shore is very spongy and wet, so exercise caution when fishing.
Third Lake Creek trail in winter
This trail would be an intermediate cross-country ski path and a good snowshoe. Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is plowed, and the trail provides a great primitive backcountry experience.
The trail is single track and good for intermediate mountain biking. Just be sure to pay attention to the markers and stay left to get to the nature trail at the back of the Limekiln Lake Campground.