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Best trails in Nova Scotia

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Trying to find the best Nova Scotia trails? AllTrails has 420 great hiking trails, trail 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Halifax, Timberlea or Cape Breton Highlands National Park, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 232 easy trails in Nova Scotia ranging from 0.6 to 106.2 miles and from 0 to 1,358 feet 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: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 1 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 - Cape Chignecto Loop Trail
Cape Chognecto Provincial Park
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Length: 27.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Cape Chignecto Loop Trail is a 27.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Advocate, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a numberShow more
#3 - Skyline Trail Loop
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • 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
#4 - Franey Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • 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: 4.6 mi • 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 - Gaff Point and Hirtle's Beach
Riverport, Nova Scotia
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Gaff Point and Hirtle's Beach is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverport, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The traiShow more
#7 - Pot Lake Loop
Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Pot Lake Loop is the first of four consecutive loops known as the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail in Timberlea, Nova Scotia. The Bluff Trail is located within the Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area, desiShow more
#8 - Middle Head Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
For up to date information on this trail, please see the park site here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbretonShow more
#9 - Headland and Spry Bay Trails Loop
Taylor Head Provincial Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Fantastic hike with sweeping coastal views in all directions. Starting in a clockwise direction is recommended as the north side of the trail is poorly maintained.Show more
#10 - Pennant Point Trail
Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Pennant Point Trail is a seaside trail in Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, near Halifax, Nova Scotia. The trail begins at the beach parking lot, continues down past the beach and in through theShow more
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