Explore the most popular trails near Cape North with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

One of the best hikes in Cape Breton. A little off the typical Cabot Trail route people take, but a worthwhile stop. Trail took us 2 hours round trip, with a half hour stop at the top to catch our breath from the hike up and the view. Trail starts at a relatively unmarked trailhead, and you follow the hunting tape as you make your way up a creek, to the backside of the mountain. Once the incline begins, it doesn’t stop. At points towards the peak you’ll be crawling on all fours up the loose rock, with the occasional rope to help. Utilize the trees and grind it out, because it’s worth the view. There are three peaks of differing heights at the top, all offering views of the coast on the left and the highlands to the right. The way down is arguably the most dangerous and difficult part, as at times you’ll have to descend backwards to keep your footing on the loose rocks. If traveling in a party, spread out and watch out for tumbling stones. Once you’ve finished the descend it’s turns into a very simply walk in the woods back to your vehicle.

such an amazing view, definitely worth the difficult steep hike

hiking
1 month ago

easy hike with waterfall at the end

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Easy hike with a pretty waterfall at the end. Bring good shoes and it was muddy and there were lots of tree roots on the path.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful. On Oct. 5 the leaves were still all green. Ferns have yellowed so this will be another week at least.

One of the most amazing and rewarding hikes we've ever done. If we'd known how difficult it was we might not have gone, so I'm glad we didn't! Don't let the "difficult" rating put you off too much, though. We are in our mid-to-late 40s and in reasonable (but not incredible) shape. We did need to use the rope that someone had kindly installed right below the summit. Stunning panoramic views. Worth every step.

on MacIntosh Brook Trail

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blowdown
muddy
2 months ago

Pretty walk through forest. Trail follows MacIntosh Brook, crossing several times, leading to a pretty waterfall. This is a very popular trail, and several tour buses stopped while we were there. Picnic Tables located around the Trailhead, which is a (former?) campground in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, very easy trail through old growth forest with a recreated Shieling. Pretty, babbling brook. The washroom building has been removed.

This is charming and informative, but also a very easy walk.

hiking
3 months ago

A short hike for a break from the driving on the Cabot Trail. Some interesting history here.

hiking
3 months ago

Over faster then the fart in which you came in. A great history lesson on what it was like to hunt, gather and freeze your ass off. Praise be to the fire gods! You’re better then a buttered biscuit. Bob Dylan is overrated.

hiking
3 months ago

The Western Europe of the Cabot Trail provides hot, wet and fall(s) all in one night. Stayed there many nights in a tent and was woken up many times to the elderly tour busses and the loud cackles of loved mothers yelping for attention and some Advil. The swing sets are a time machine to when your iPhone was just in your imagination. Canadians are welcome.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

The view from Tenerife is one of the best in the highlands with 360 degree panoramas from the rocky outcrop at the top. The trailhead starts in a gravel lot on Bay St. Lawrence Road. Look for surveyors tape in the trees across the street and follow the ridge line parallel to the creek on your left. There is a well marked sign where the trail turns away from the creek. The peak is barely over a mile from the trailhead but you’re going to earn the last quarter mile after the trail gets steeper and the footing becomes less secure. Trekking poles are recommended. The round trip hike can be completed in 90 minutes.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little trail to a pretty waterfall. The trail on the east side of the brook is out so it is an out and back on the west side.

The trail was easy compared to other trails in the park. Lots of roots but otherwise a breeze. The waterfall is really beautiful!

Walk through a beautiful birch and maple forest along a brook to a waterfall. Very easy. Lovely.

Relaxing trail walk and you get to see a waterfall at the end.

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bugs
5 months ago

If you get a chance to camp at this campsite I would highly recommend this quick walk into the woods. More of a walk than a hike but the waterfall at the end is beautiful and picturesque. Best for an evening walk after a long day of adventures when you just want to get away from the campsite for 20 minutes.

hiking
5 months ago

Quick and easy! nice spot to stretch your legs

A really nice little stroll along a river! Beautiful waterfall! Very nice!

walking
8 months ago

Short but sweet !

hiking
8 months ago

Really short, but quite a nice walk. Great place to have a packed lunch and a short walk after to get the digestion moving. The old growth forest and babbling brook make for a nice tranquil walk.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice short walk to a waterfalls, peaceful and generally quiet, and tends to be a cool area with looks of shade. Not the most scenic trail, but it is quite pleasant.

hiking
Fri Sep 14 2018

Lovely hike to a lovely waterfall. Nice and short, does what it says on the tin. Camping/ picnic area a great spot for lunch.

Mon Sep 10 2018

Loved the walk along alone Sheiling! Very serene with a babbling brook running in the lower portion of the walk.

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