Explore the most popular trails near East River 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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Very nice view at the end. Worth the hike!

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2 months ago

Fun hike with breathtaking views once you reach the top of the rock.

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4 months ago

Beautiful view.

Great trail. Though there is a long portion along the old railway (Rum Runner trail) to get to the base of Castle Rock Mtn it follows along a picturesque creek, ponds and Labrador Lake. If you cycle the rail trail part there is a bike stand to lock up your bikes before doing the Castle Rock climb.

Note the parking location is not signed on Hwy 329 and access to it is right where the trail crosses 329 and looks like you will drive down the trail on the east side. But if you use this map it will help you locate it.

6 months ago

Awesome 360° views! We parked, then biked the Chester Connection Trail from the visitor center - about 7 miles to the well marked trail head.

Relatively easy hike (in SPD’s) to the top. Views are one of the best kept secrets in the area. A must do.

great trail with an amazing view at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy hike but I only gave it 3 stars because 6k of 9k are on the rails to trails. Nice view of Mahone Bay when you get to the top of Castle Rock.

hiking
7 months ago

Castle Rock Trails are accessed from the Chester Connection Trail. There are currently three trails with varying degrees of difficulty and appropriate uses. Wayfinding posts are now in place and a trailhead kiosk is coming soon. There is parking in East River alongside the rail trail. Up to date information and a trail map is available from www.chester.ca. This is a new property for the Municipality of Chester. Your feedback is always welcome. Enjoy everyone. It's a lovely hike.

Gorgeous trail! Excellent for beginners, no mud at all, nice and flat. Definitely one of my favourites!

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8 months ago

The view from Castle Rock makes it all worthwhile. I did not enjoy the long walk along the Road. In the future I would walk in and out along the old rail line.

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9 months ago

Very easy hike - basically just walked back the tracks several kilometres (away from the ocean - closest to exit 7 but on highway 3. After a few kilometres along the flat tracks you see a little road to the right with a castle symbol on a small sign. As you go along, look for the yellow, red, or blue castle signs. Follow whichever one suits your difficulty level. None of them are overly difficult - I might recommend not taking your dog up the hardest/steepest trail and you have to walk up or down some rock face. Parts of the trails very very muddy - mud holes you had to try to get around. You scramble up the final section of castle rock. There's a Canadian flag at the top and the view of the Atlantic Ocean is beautiful. You can see for miles in all directions due to how high you are. This was an enjoyable hike and I would do it again.

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