The Southwest Mabou River rises in the hills back of Judique (one crosses it at Upper Southwest Mabou if one drives from Judique or Port Hood to the parish hall at Glencoe Mills) and flows into the Mabou River in West Mabou. It is a gorgeous stream with water birds in abundance and the occasional eagle flying overhead or fishing in the stream. The hike from West Mabou Road to Southwest Mabou passes through wetlands, fields, and eventually forest. There are fine views of the Cape Mabou Highlands from the West Mabou end of the trail. The Southwest Mabou River, once past its mouth, is a much smaller stream than the Mabou River, but, in spite of that, it draws me back again and again for its serenity and stunning beauty.