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

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful views and well maintained trail. We took the service road back down which is definitely the easier way to go as it is less steep.

Absolutely gorgeous views but you need to watch your feet as the trail can be rocky or soft. Very easy to twist an ankle. And yes sometimes it can be tricky to find the path. This is NOT private land. It’s a conservation area and the trail is maintained. Wonderful rocky points to climb and sit. Saw people fishing off them. Beautiful spots to watch the sunset. No services and there’s no easy way to return to your car. So plan to hike back. I went three times during my week in the area. A hidden gem b

Despite the innocuous car park and entrance that resembles a gated-off gravel road, this is actually a beautiful woodland trail along a series of lakes. I walked roughly a third of it (just around the first lake) as a half-hour rest in the middle of a long day of driving, and though my group picked it due to its proximity to the road, it turned out to be an enjoyable stroll along dirt-and-soil paths with a few gentle slopes (though we didn't see a single bird).

mountain biking
3 days ago

Great biking trail! Scenic, well-groomed. Came out at Lawrencetown Beach - fantastic spot to stop and rest and then turn around and head back. Love it!

Wonderful trail with steep rugged sections and some narrow sections. fantastic view at the end.

Great workout and absolutely beautiful view once you get to the end! Don’t wear white shoes, it gets muddy lol

Saw a moose 10 feet away from the high traffic trail but the view at the end is absolutely gorgeous!!

Hiked the Split with friends who were visiting NS. Trail was in good condition although some mud and water in places. Hard packed with roots and rocks. In the trees for most of the hike and then arrive in the meadow overlooking Cape Split. Awesome view when you arrive particularly if the tide is flowing hard in one direction. We do this hike every year. Total hiking time approx 2;45 at a moderate pace.

this is not a moderate home anymore. 30 years ago it was a cut and maintained trail and was easy, but the ocean and severe weather has turned it into a home that requires sturdy shoes, and had some tricky spots. watch your fitting on the rocky shoreline. amazing views and one of the best hidden beaches you'll find anywhere.

herring cove is very beautiful and this trail is a great hike

Beautiful old growth forest....well worth a visit

Great hike on a well marked trail. Great views.

Amazing trail!! We had great weather with no rain but high humidity. Stayed at Refugees Cove and Seal Cove both had swimming beaches which was great as it was mid-July when we were on the trail. Highly recommend!

Fantastic trail do not miss it. A short walk to see a great view. I mountain biked it and had a great time. Some great cliffs & rock formations.

hiking
18 days ago

A nice shady easy trail to a waterfall. Gradual climb on path. Waterfall worth the walk in.

hiking
18 days ago

A steep hour long climb up to great views over the clyburn valley and ingonish area. A loop trail. The trail is a old access road less steep and easier in the knees but long and boring. A couple lake lookouts.

hiking
18 days ago

Absolutely amazing views! Some of the best on the Cabot trail! A must see!

hiking
18 days ago

As expected, spectacular views! Trail was an easy stroll. Saw families with strollers and flip flops. Had opportunity to pass through a Moose exclosure...be sure to close the gate behind you. Hiked this trail the day after we hiked the Franey trail. Wanted something easy. It was.

hiking
19 days ago

Hike up was challenging. Great views from the top. Bring snacks and water. My 11 year old son brought a book and stopped to read a chapter when we reached the top ( 4 km marker). Took the ATV trail back down.

Amazing.

Great trail for hikers of all levels. The end of the trail is a beautiful lookout and is spectacular to see, especially for somewhere so close to the city. Make sure to keep to the left when you start out on the trail as it can be easy to get off the main trail veering ever so slightly right and you’ll get into some thick brush.

Nice quick trail at end of day. We completed this one after a late dinner to work off my large fish and chip plate.

Beautiful trail and views. We picked a very hot and humid day to hike here and will choose a cooler day next time. Luckily, we had lots of water with us and we took our time! Highly recommend this trail.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

The view of the falls is very much worth the hike in! If you’re able to, get up to the second plateau to get a better view of the top of the falls (when you’re standing at the end of the trail facing the falls, turn around - there’s a steeper, root-ier climb that requires a bit more flexibility and strength than an “easy” hike). The flies were bad, but what can ya do! If there’s a walking stick offered at the beginning of the trail, use it and return it when you’re done (there were about 5 leaning against trees earlier this week).

Wonderful hike with so many changes from the path, to the board walk, and along the rocks. Wet ground today through the woods but worth it coming around to the beach. Very easy but you need good shoes for walking the rocks. Missed this hike last year when a man was returning up and said there were bears ahead and I might want to just walk to the beach.

backpacking
28 days ago

Beautiful trail beautiful scenery! Rated as hard and it is but well worth it. Did the trail in 3 days but would probably opt in doing it in 4 next time to enjoy it more. Refugee cove and Seal cove campsites were perfect! Would recommend for sure!

First part of trail is walking through loose large gravel/rocks. With lots of water. There are multiple paths to get through so you don’t have to get wet. Once you get deeper in trail is better to walk to n. With the two tracks there are lots of pathways to go through. Main trail is not well marked so is very easy to go off the main trail onto a separate side trail. AllTrails app was essential to get back on track when we veered off course.

on Franey Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Always a great hike with spectacular views. A good workout going up but how hard you will work is variable—you can determine the right pace for you. The back road, my usual way down, is an easy forest walk. A hike not to miss.

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