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Easy walking on good paths. Informative interpretative center and good sea views.

Good for a rest day hike. You may even see a Moose if you go early enough.

Nice trail, work up a good sweet!!

We loved this trail - the Great Oak Loop was a great little hike with our 3 year old! Lots of spots to stop and rest, take in the view and play in the lake.

Good hiking trails. However, if there were any markers, I did not notice any. could not find my way around the lake.

hiking
4 days ago

Agree with all the other reviews - great trail, spectacular views. My second favourite walk in the Cape Breton park!

hiking
4 days ago

If you want a short walk round the lake, this is fine. However, trail from lake to cove is completely blocked by multiple fallen trees around the 1.9 km mark (from start) with no obvious way round. Which is a shame as I was quite enjoying the trail.

Awesome hike. Views were spectacular!

on Skyline Trail

5 days ago

Beautiful view but just half of way was opened.

Hiked this and loved it. Previous comments about path being overgrown are bang on. In fact on north side, path is almost impassable in places - so do this side first or prepare for a demoralising second half!

Fairly straightforward mostly level trail to waterfall. Lots of shade - welcome on a hot day. We saw a bald eagle in flight over the valley too.

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

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked here on a gorgeous September morning. Top tip - even in September, arrive early. Just after 8 we had the boardwalk to ourselves to watch the porpoises and pilot whales have breakfast. Bring your binoculars!

Best Nova Scotia hike I’ve done to date! Wear suitable hiking shoes, as it can get rocky. Hardest part is the distance, but still not a very difficult hike. Beautiful views that make it worth the trip. There’s a beach you can access (via a piece of rope) not too far from the summit. Good place to go rock hounding for quartz! Strongly recommend if you’re east coast Canada

Very user friendly for all ages. Dogs allowed on leash. Tracks water's edge.

I went after a big rain so it was a little soupy close to the lakes but someone had put down logs to walk across in most parts and even made a makeshift bridge out of fallen branches. I recommend going for sure, more of a moderate to easy hike and the trail is well walked on and easy to follow

We went from the Jack Pine parking lot south end and got great rock views pretty much right away, including a neat cove with whirlpool like waves. Later you join up with the Coastal Trail which is wonderfully varied- long rock coast which is fun to scramble over (mostly easy but can stay on the trail); popping out of woods for neat views; crossing “cobblestone” beaches (2 somewhat long; tiring for my wife -the stones are rather big). Two km from the end you pop out at a long sandy beach leading to Neil’s Harbor in the distance. If you want less overall distance, I’d recommend turning back there, since the last two km are thru the woods with nothing to see. On the return trip it’s easy to get on one of the longer of the Jack Pine half loops and add 10-15 more minutes, but it wasn’t bad (thru the forest with interpretive signs). Best Cape Breton hike of our trip.

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

Great trail to walk if you need a getaway from the city within the city.

An easy trail with great views. The trail can be quite busy as it is close to the park entrance. Even so, there are sections where you will still experience the “alone in the wilderness” vibe. The trail is mostly flat with a few inclines and declines. I wore hiking boots but you could easily do it in sneakers or birkenstocks and you would be fine.

backpacking
10 days ago

excellent

Really beautiful views and quite an easy hike. There are some rocky parts so wear good shoes. Also ran into a black bear on the trail today. Make sure to bring bear bells!

some of the trail was very overgrown, although still visible.

I would recommend the trail to friends!

walking
11 days ago

Nice and easy....

hiking
11 days ago

Steep. Nice view on the top.
Cape Breton Red Chair here!

Pretty awesome east coast hike. A group of us did it in 2 night and 3 days. We stayed at refugee cove the first night, and Carey Brook Cabin the second night. The cabins are very nice compared to a campsite, but comes at a cost (Id recommend them if you are struggling to do distance, or if its cold). There are plenty of rivers to get fresh water from so just bring a water filter. The last part of the trail on the north side past eatonville road is rather dull as it is a walk in a forest with moderate elevation gain. In our group of 4, on the last day I left from Carey Brook Cabin and hiked back to the car at the HQ (20.7KM), while the other 3 waited for me on Eatonville road for a ride. Eatonville road is a gravel road, would recommend a SUV, Jeep, or a truck to drive back there our 2010 corolla did fine though.

Most of the trail is inside the forest, but some times popes out to rock beaches, and once to an open field area. There are some cliff jumping spots near the middle of the trail (10', 40' and probably ~60') jumps, but you have to time the tide just right so you dont get sucked out into the bay. During late August the mosquitos were fairly bad. There were plenty of people on the trail, and there is no sense of danger. Just follow Leave No Trace procedures and you should be fine.

hiking
11 days ago

Really nice hike. Great views at the top. Like others we took the service road down and actually ran into a bear on the trail. Gave it some space and it was fine. Just be careful if you do the hike in the early morning or closer to the evening.

hiking
12 days ago

Step up the speed and Kik up the Cardio! Hilly...

Nice little hike. We did several of these on our down days.

12 days ago

This was a beautiful hike with stunning views. All uphill if you keep to the left. If you go right, it’s easier going but you will punish your knees on the decent. If you’re an occasional hiker this trail isn’t for you.
Again, loved every step.
Note. Trail ended up at 10.9km all said and done.
Loved it!

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