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Wood Islands Rte. 4 to Murray Harbour to Murray River via Rte. 18 & 17
Murray River to Murray Harbour
Location: In the southern section of the Island a 6.6 km stretch of the Confederation Trail connects Murray River at Route 4 to Murray Harbour.
The trail passes near pioneer cemetery and the famous Jordan’s Pond. This area is an ideal habitat for a variety of warblers and horsetails, club mosses and ferns grow in abundance.
Murray River Pines
Location: Murray River beside Eagles View Golf Course
This elegant grove of red and white pines highlights one of PEI's most beautiful settings. This natural area occupies four hectares (10 acres) on the east side of McLure's Pond, at the western side of the village of Murray River. Located on Provincial crown land, the stand is one of the best examples of old growth pine forest with some of the trees dating to pre -1870. The trail is approximately 2 km in length.
Wood Islands - Iona - Murray River
Location: Plough the Waves
The newest section of the Confederation Trail is a 29.9 km section from Iona to Murray River, which is easily accessed via a spur line from the trail gateway at Plough the Waves complex, just off the Wood Islands ferry. In fact, the ferry provides a water link with the Trans Canada trail in Pictou County, N.S. The section offers glimpse of history, wildflowers, native plants, birds, and other wildlife in abundance.

Begin your PEI trail adventure at Plough the Waves in Wood Islands, site of amenities such as a Visitor Information Centre, Liquor Store, retail shops, and a replica train station which features an exhibit of life pertaining to the railway in the 1870s, authenticated by parts of the original Belle River station. Also on site is the Melville freight shed. A short 4.1 km trail with tight turns, through woodlands and past ponds, brings you to the rail bed at Mt. Vernon, where Iona lies to the west and Murray River to the east.

Heading east, the trail passes beside a large millpond, a nesting area for Canada Geese. Watch for osprey and the frequently sighted bald eagles as you approach Flat River. In Melville is a railway bridge and the foundation of a water tower used by steam trains. The trail section ends at Iona, one of the highest points on PEI, where spectacular vistas have recently been opened by woodcutting.

Heading east from the trail junction, the trail crosses 0.6 km of open wetland, the Wood Islands Bog, home of some rare species of native plants like orchids, and surrounded by nesting grounds of a variety of warblers. Occasional streams cross the trail in huge old stone culverts, relics of the original construction. Crossing Main Street in Murray River, the trail passes the original railway station just behind the post office. Between Murray River and Murray Harbour lupines line the trail in late June and early July. The crossing at Route 18 was the site of the last fatal accident on the railway. A concrete bridge crosses Jordan’s Pond, and the trail ends in Murray Harbour.