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3 days ago

A great and versatile trail system with something for every. Nice short loops around the house and lake with interesting historical landscape features (old ice house, 200 year old greenhouse foundations, a ha-ha fence etc.) and then two wilderness loops, the barrens and wetlands trail that make for a great half day walk. Lovely sitting rocks for breaks at Thompson Lake, an isolated little wilderness lake at the far end. Best done clockwise, so you get the easy return leg at the end, which is an 18th century stage coach road. Outer loops are not heavily used, so get a bit overgrown, but easy to follow. Good year round. Nice winter snowshoeing when snow is deep. Bit muddy in the spring. The network is well-signed with blazes and handy maps at the junctions and a big orientation map at the trailhead, the parking lot beside the big historic home (really worth a visit when open.)

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful walk beside the river.. I have done it in December during snow which was really amazing. You can hike even after the trail if you want to, but make sure that you dnt get lost

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful hike only minutes away from Peggy’s Cove. Only room for parking 4-5 cars and the trail isn’t marked from the road. You just have to look where there’s other cars pulled off to know where it is. Otherwise you can park along the road if the small pull-off is full. Parts of the trail are sometimes muddy - chose footwear appropriately. In the summer this trail is extremely busy with both tourists and locals alike. Note: inland the temperature will be 10 degrees warmer than the Peggy’s Cove area (typically anyway). It would be good to check the weather and wind speeds before you head down to this trail. There are lots of good places to have a picnic on this trail. There are also remnants of war bunkers to take a look at. The trail has several off trails and you could explore for ever. This trail is directly on the ocean. Best day to do this trail is on a sunny day, as you will get the most beautiful green-blue reflections from the water in any pictures you take. There are extremely steep parts and scaling up and down some large rocks. Do not wear sandals like some unknowing people do. Also... don’t be one of those people to go down on the black rocks...unless you want to die of course. This doesn’t just apply to Peggy’s Cove.. anywhere along the ocean. These rocks mean a wave can come out of nowhere and sweep you under and take you out in a rip tide. Do not let your kids or animals attempt to swim here either. The trail is good to hike with dogs on but there maybe be parts you need to help them along with (or turn and go back the way you came). This is a trail I would do more than once for sure.

Went in mid- November. Trail still good but a bit muddy. Definitely need sturdy boots- lots of rocks and uneven terrain. Coastline views are spectacular. Well worth it.

A nice walk with an amazing view for almost all the way. although it is a short trail, there are tons of foot paths to be explored, you could spend days doing it. if you don't mind pulling up a rock it is a lovely spot of a picnic. the oven and rock features make it an amazing place for photos, scenery painting or insperation. Definitely a place I will keep going back to!

Incredible and unique coastal views. Paths were slightly wet but generally very easy.

it's a good trail for walk, but you still can hear the traffic noise

Gorgeous area to hike with dogs. Make sure you have a gps or map as it’s easy to get a little turned around in there.

A gorgeous hike right on the ocean - highly recommended!

beautiful day on the trail today. did it in 1h40 and was walking with a fast pace. most scenic views are to the right on the first half of the trail. will definitely be back

Nice 2 hour and 15 minute hike but quite frequent encounters on this loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Finding the trail head wasn't too difficult however, there isn't a lot of parking and if you are driving too quickly you may miss it. Otherwise, this is a beautiful oceanside trail with magnificent vistas and a lovely distance view of Peggy's Cove and the lighthouse to the west.

Very busy trail and easy to walk past the trailhead. Aside from that this is an easy trail for anyone to walk and the views are absolutely amazing. We saw seals wading in the surf the day we were there. There's lots to explore here so make sure you have a lot of time!

Awesome

definitely my favorite coastal trail with lots of elements, you will never get bored aha!

Awesome hike. Views were spectacular!

Lovely hike on a trail and lake I had never heard of. We didn’t see anyone the whole time we were there. It’s a fairly easy hike. Just be careful of loose boards on some of the footbridges. I suspect it’s longer than 2.4km but still very manageable.

This was only my second hike ever, parts were challenging, but overall great trail and view at the top. Can’t wait to try the rest of the loops!

This is one of our favorite hikes.Views are amazing and variety of terrain just right

hiking
4 months ago

Tiny parking lot with room for 4 or 5 cars, if you're driving west and pass Peggy's Cove you've gone too far! Great alternative to the crowds at Peggy's Cove. Beautiful oceanside walk. Dog friendly. Very sunny trail, not much shade. Easy footing.

Easy, heavily used trail with great views of the rugged coastline. We were lucky enough to see 10 to 12 seals playing in the surf breaking around several rocky islands just offshore. Private property so be respectful. It's also a nature preserve so minimize your impact!

If you want a workout go elsewhere. Not much of a hike but the scenery is nice.

Stunning! Beautiful views and flowers. Easy to miss the small parking lots but you may see cars parked along the road. :)

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views.

My favourite hike. Beautiful views and lots of opportunity for adventure.

A fun trail with nice views. Keep to the spray painted blue markers to find the trail for most of the way. Be prepared for anything though: mud, rocks, boulders, bogs, overgrown trails...and nudists :/
Took me just under 4 hours with a couple stops.

Did this as a family 2 years ago and loved it! 7.5 hours at a leisurely pace. Beautiful scenery.

Best done in May before bugs and people come out! Or in the Fall maybe.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike for kids! awesome views and less busy then Peggy' s cove!

Once we reached the trail it easy enough to follow. Lake was pretty. We parked at Maskwa and walked in from there. We relied on our GPS doing it this way and added 2km to our hike. Also got to see Charlies Lake by taking this route.

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