Explore the most popular National Parks in Newfoundland and Labrador with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

If can get this trail on a half descent day then it is fantastic. Have hiked it in the fog too and the view wasn’t quite the same.

hiking
24 days ago

A nice walk through a old spruce forest. Not much to see along the way but the lookout is spectacular!

It may be scary, but climb the tower! The views are breathtaking! Walking around the little trails at the base of the tower are really enjoyable, too. Can't recommend this enough!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail! Built recently, this is one of the best trails in Terra Nova National Park. Just be cautious when it's wet; the rocks can be very slippery.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful views, especially on the first day hike out of the gorge. You get lots of beautiful highlands after that. Aside from the very beginning and end, the elevations are fairly mild.

I can't overstate how wet it was. The entire landscape is boggy and absorbs the frequent rain like a sponge. You will constantly be in ankle-deep water. As such, lots of bugs. It also get quite cold (like 4°C in August at night).

Navigation is the real challenge. As they tell you, don't rely on foot paths to show you the trail, you'll need to be on your GPS pretty frequently. Note that there are multiple routes: I had the official route, the one from here, and another on my garmin. They're all somewhat different (a fact I didn't appreciate at first, to my own detriment).

The official trial is the black-track in AllTrails. It tends to go over hills, whereas the AllTrails route goes around those hills, making for a longer, flatter, and wetter trail.

I would STRONGLY suggest following the official trail on the route between Harding's Pond and Green Island Pond. We started with the AllTrails route then turned back and did the official one for this section. The two routes split right as you leave Harding's Pond, with the official trail taking you more northward into the hills. You'll get much nicer views on the official trail; the AllTrails route will be flatter, but will take you through difficult tuckamore and over a cliff right before Green Island Pond that's quite dangerous if its wet.

I would also follow the official trail on the last day's descent. The trails are a bit confusing here. I didn't see the AllTrails descent, but given the cliff it took me down the previous day, I wasn't gonna trust it.

In any event, this was a challenging hike. Not so much physically, but more because of the wetness and navigation issues. It's well worth it, though. Gorgeous.

A great hike. Be prepared for a gruelling hike up the side of the mountain. The trial is uneven and the rocks can be slippery so appropriate footwear is a must. Be also prepared for windy experience at the summit. Suggest dressing in layers and bringing a good windbreaker and headgear. Overall an enjoyable hike with magnificent vistas at the top. Bring plenty of water.

on Burnt Hill

1 month ago

My favourite trail. I try to hike it everyday!

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trail with great views of Gull Pond with the Long Range Mountains in the background.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this trail! There are several other side trails that can be added on to make this longer but the views are great along the coast and the forested areas are beautiful as well.

walking
2 months ago

Short trail which leads to a significant geological site. If you like rocks this is for you; if not, I would pass on this one.

Did this back in September of 09. Was absolutely spectacular. I lived in Montreal back then but now live in Calgary, so Banff is my backyard and as beautiful as the Canadian Rockies are, this has got to be my top five. I was not a seasoned hiker back then and was in my late 20’s so I had the motivation and the discipline to complete this however now in my late 30’s as a veteran hiker I can still say Gros Morne is a doable and worthy hike for the beginner. The tough hike is rewarded with spectacular views.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike through forests to the Tableland. Nice views and chances to see wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

Difficile à battre comme point de vue! Attention en haut de bien repérer votre point d’arriver pour redescendre!

hiking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Lack-luster but its a good place to walk your dog and it's wheel chair accessible

The views are spectacular; second to none. Them alone make the hike worth it. Although there are multiple sections each with slightly different terrain, my one critique is they all go for a long time without really changing much. The steep trek up to the summit is simply a monstrous shale climb, and it got a bit monotonous towards the end. All in all I recommend this hike for sure. Not as difficult as it may seem, but make sure to be careful on all the rocks.

My favourite trail in Gros Morne!

Easy as indicated. Well maintained raised path. Great view.

This is a great hike through beautiful and unique landscape. We were very impressed with how different the terrain was from other hikes in the Gros Morne National Park. The trail is very well maintained, with boardwalk much of the way....because a large portion is through marsh/bog. We were attacked by black flies for a good portion of the hike. They really loved my 7 year old son! The flies were more annoying than anything else, and caused bites that bled but didn't itch or cause any other problems. The waterfalls at the end are definitely worth the hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Pleasant walk across a unique landscape. Wish we had a chance to do the guided tour to learn more about the surroundings. Stunning views!

hiking
3 months ago

The Lookout Trail is an excellent climb just above the visitor centre that offers spectacular views of the fjord and nearby tablelands. While the majority of the walk is there-and-back (the bulk of the climb to the top), there is a small, mostly flat loop at the top hat offers you a choice of a short and steep ascent up a set of stairs or a longer, gentler hike along a boardwalk to the top. However, this trail has a tendency to be especially muddy (though this may have been at least partially due to the construction that was being carried out at the time), with many smaller dogs ending up looking like they've been dragged through the stuff like a mop: by all means, ensure you've got sensible shoes!

To put it simply, the Western Brook Pond trail is a wide gravel access road across a flat marsh with views no better than what you can see from the road. While the pond itself is beautiful, you can see barely any of it from the trail itself, though there is a typical dirt trail extension along the shore that I sadly didn't have time to walk. There is, however, a small restaurant that services the boat tours at one end of the walk, as well as a tiny beach along the edge that I believe you can paddle in (but don't quote me on that).

Gros Morne mountain is a wonderful trail with spectacular views and a fairly difficult climb that should be attempted only under the right weather conditions. When we set off, cut example, clouds obscured only the top of the mountain, though it had trained the night before. However, roughly three km into the four km walk in, it began to rain heavily and fog descended, turning parts of the trail into a literal river. We continued onwards to where the scramble through 'the Gully' begins, but due to the thick fog, we opted to wait half an hour for the fog to clear before attempting.
After sitting for what seemed like an infinite period of time at the base of the rock field, watching a handful of other groups make the ascent, we finally decided to give it a try. The scramble was steep, but not too bad, though the fog remained heavy throughout our climb. The more vertical parts made finding the path a tad difficult, but it's generally well-signposted and has enough of a well-worn path that you're able to make it out; we only had one real struggle when it came to which side of a streambed to walk on. At the top, however, there are large cairns with neon signs stuck in every ten to twenty feet: a distance that may seem ridiculous to those who hike in sunny weather, but a lifesaver in the fog.
Whether or not the views from the summit are worth it want clear, since we weren't able to see anything more than a solid bank of grey and the wind shelters that were a helpful shield against the incoming drizzle. Nevertheless, we continued on, along a trail that, while mostly rocky, does gradually begin to cross more and more patches of marshy tundra (helpfully covered by boardwalks) until stunted trees finally make an appearance. Not long after that you'll find a set of steep stairs; the rest of the trail is a gradual downhill of several kilometres back to where the trail branched off (this is the way Parks Canada instructs you to hike, though a few do it the other way round).
This is a hard section, made worse by the pouring rain that had descended, simply because the trail is rocky to point of sections feeling more like a rock scramble than a hiking path, especially in the weather conditions we found ourselves walking in: the drizzle from the top had long since turned into a downpour. There are, however, open-air toilets belonging to the campsite roughly a quarter of the way along this stretch, though they didn't offer any worthwhile shelter from the skies that had opened up above us.
Finally, after roughly two hours of hiking from the summit onwards (with a snack break in the middle), we ended up back at the 'stem' of this lollipop-shaped trail and took about an hour to return down the moderate (and very wet) trail, taking about an hour to do so. This meant we ended up with a five and a half hour hike, with two hours dedicated to the four km hike in and out, one to the scramble up the Gully, two to return to the trail junction, and half an hour of waiting for fog to clear (though it instantly returned).
So, wind, rain, and fog, as well as a hard scramble up the rocks and a few slips down: I certainly didn't have the typical Gros Morne experience (or at least the one recommended by Parks Canada). And though this wasn't an easy trail by any means, it certainly says something that it still gets five stars; in sunny weather, this would have to be a six. Exquisite.

hiking
3 months ago

We had a lot of trouble finding the correct path. There are many flags and ribbons leading you to a variety of incorrect location, although the views from these were still good. Unfortunately we wasted so much time finding the trail that we didn’t have enough time to finish it. Would definitely try it again if we had time. It would be good to clear out the false markers and install more prominent ones on the path.
We also hiked it the day after a big rainfall and the trail was very wet - make sure your boots are waterproof.

Amazing hike. I pushed it (for me) and managed to get through with two full days of hiking and one night camping. The bugs were definitely a nuisance and I used a lot of bug spray. Generally where there's no wind you're going to find bugs. I emerged from my tent on the second day around 6am to see a large male moose feeding near the water's edge at Harding's Pond. Later on the second day I spotted a Caribou running down a distant valley. Still amazed how they can do that given all the sink-holes and boulders. The sight-lines were clear and views spectacular. Made for much easier navigation, although I did manage to get lost at one point for an hour or two. I found from getting off the boat at Western Brook Pond to my camp at Harding's Pond that the trails were pretty easy to follow. The second day I found the trails harder to follow, interspersed with game trails, faded or non-existent and needed the compass several times to navigate. From Green Island Pond onward, the trail was pretty distinct and easy to follow all the way to the parking lot. Ferry Gultch is where the trail meets that of the day-hikers who go to Gros Morne, so the trail is very well-traveled from that point to the parking lot. I learned what "Tuckamore" is on this hike. Picture walking into a thick hedge will full gear and wondering as you plow through whether its twenty feet to the other side or half a mile. Sometimes not possible to avoid. Other challenge is the mud. It's rich, black, and seems like it could swallow you whole with a wrong step. I was once literally up to my knee and had to grab onto a branch to pull my leg out against the suction. I highly recommend hiking poles. They were invaluable when walking through the tall grass to poke in front and locate the countless rocks and sink-holes you'll encounter, as well as helping push away branches in the tuckamore. A high point was discovering "bakeapple berries". They are plentiful along the hike and yes they do taste like baked apples. They seemed to all be ripe while I was hiking (mid-August) so I lucked out and was continuously picking-eating along the trail. All in all, an amazing experience that I hope to do again.

Great at the top. Incredible views.
Trail was very muddy in sections. Seemed we were looking down most of the time to avoid slipping/tripping. Rained a fair amount yesterday.

backpacking
3 months ago

We spent two wonderful nights camped at the Green Gardens campsite. The hike in was beautiful and the terrain changed so much in such a short time. The trail was pretty wet and muddy and hiking poles definitely helped. The 4 campsites are in a gorgeous location each with their own raised wood platform and picnic table. There is easy access to fresh water at a small stream as well as a pit toilet (no roof). There were chipmunks but they didn’t seem interested in our food and there was no food storage system so we hung our food in a tree. The lovely resident herd of sheep kept us company day and night! The stairs down to the beach are fine even though the sign says they are closed. Absolutely glorious sunset on second night and epic thunder, lightning and buckets of rain on the first. This hike was the highlight for my daughter and I during our visit to Gros Morne. Highly recommend!!

What a great hike! Going up the steep hill can be tough on the legs but well worth it for the views on the other side!!
The walk down the other side of the mountain is nice and steady not to hard
The walk is probably more like 18/19km.
You know you’ve done a hike after this one as your legs will tell you!
Fantastic hike well worth the hard work!!!

on Ochre Hill Lookout Loop

3 months ago

I loved the elevation and just the ability to see a lot of the park.

Wow..... wonderful lookout. Great hike for seniors.

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