Best trails in Nova Scotia

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Trying to find the best Nova Scotia trails? AllTrails has 380 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park or around Halifax, Timberlea or Cape Breton Highlands National Park we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Nova Scotia state park trails, check out Cape Chognecto Provincial Park. Or for some great local park options, check out White Lake Wilderness Area or Halifax Mainland Commons near Halifax. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 208 easy trails in Nova Scotia ranging from 1 to 170.9 km and from 0 to 414 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Nova Scotia
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#1 - Cape Split Trail
Cape Split Provincial Park
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Length: 12.9 km • Est. 4 h 22 m
Cape Split Provincial Park is a 447-hectare natural environment park located in Scots Bay, Kings County. The park is considered a provincially significant coastal landmark overlooking the Bay of FundyShow more
#2 - Skyline Trail Loop
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 9.5 km • Est. 2 h 54 m
Note: Parts of the trail might be closed due to overgrown plant vegetation. There are stairs to get to some of the small off shoots on the end of the loop, but the main loop itself is wheelchair and sShow more
#3 - Cape Chignecto Loop Trail
Cape Chognecto Provincial Park
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Length: 44.9 km • Est. Multi-day
Cape Chignecto Loop Trail is a 44.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Advocate, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a nShow more
#4 - Franey Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 7.2 km • Est. 2 h 34 m
One of the more popular trails on the East Side of the Cabot Trail, Franey offers a great view point down a valley and over Ignomish and Middle Head. One can hike up and back the trail or make a loopShow more
#5 - Duncan's Cove Trail
Duncan's Cove Nature Reserve
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Length: 7.4 km • Est. 2 h 16 m
Please note: As of March 16, 2020, users have reported that many sections of this trail are currently flooded and muddy. Please consult the park's website before visiting. This trail starts from ChebShow more
#6 - Middle Head Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 4.0 km • Est. 1 h 18 m
Middle Head Trail is a 4.0 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offShow more
#7 - Pot Lake via Bluff Wilderness Trail
Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 7.4 km • Est. 2 h 10 m
Pot Lake Loop is the first of four consecutive loops known as the Bluff Wilderness Trail in Timberlea, Nova Scotia. The Bluff Trail is located within the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area, designated Show more
#8 - Gaff Point and Hirtle's Beach
Riverport, Nova Scotia
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Length: 6.6 km • Est. 1 h 48 m
Gaff Point and Hirtle's Beach is a 6.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverport, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. TheShow more
#9 - Polly Cove Trail
West Dover Provincial Park
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Length: 3.9 km • Est. 1 h 8 m
Polly’s Cove Trail is a short coastal trail adjacent to the historic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. The trail offers beautiful views of the ocean, including numerous look-Show more
#10 - Skyline Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 7.9 km • Est. 2 h 24 m
As of June 24, 2019, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Show more
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