View Upstream from Murrays Bridge

View upstream from Murrays Bridge
Photo 24 of 25: View upstream from Murrays Bridge
Taken 2006 June 18 from the Mull River Road from the northern abutment of Murrays Bridge
GPS 46°03.96?'N 61°20.64?'W

At this point in its course, the Mabou River has changed character yet again, into a fast-flowing brook nestled in a forested ravine of considerable beauty.

This is the furthest upstream point on the Mabou River that is publicly accessible of which I am aware. Beyond it, the ravine hides the Mull River from view along Highway 252, though one can clearly see from that road that a ravine is there—indeed, the road is very close to its edge at a few places. The Mull River Road, which turns off the Rankinville Road fairly close to the bridge, also gives views of the ravine (it’s a gorgeous drive in autumn), but not of the river itself.

[2012] A pull-off (at GPS 46°03.343'N 61°19.807'W), about 1.1 km (0.7 mi) south of the hairpin curve I have dubbed “The Widow-Maker” on Highway 252 between Hillsborough and Brook Village, was created during the brush-clearing and resurfacing work done on Highway 252 in 2007; it offers a fine view of the ravine with the river below and is well worth a stop. A photo taken from this pull-off can be seen here.

I also heard from a correspondent, who wrote: “The river changes immensely as you go into the ravine. It is accessible. Not many people are even aware of the spot we called ‘The Salmon Hole’. My brother and I showed it to our own children just two summers ago. We took so many pictures because the geography is so amazing and the rocks are so unique. It looks like something prehistoric. The reason not many people are aware of it is because you must cross over private property to reach it. My best friend from childhood has access to this private paradise from her back yard. It is quite a descent to reach it, but, definitely worth the effort. We are hoping to bring my dad to see it this summer. He’s lived there his whole life and has never seen it. We showed him our pictures and now he is determined to see it.” This correspondent kindly shared with me some photos of this portion of the river she had taken; they show that it is indeed a wonderfully unique place.