Looking for a great trail in Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area, Nova Scotia? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area ranging from 1.3 to 11.5 miles and from 167 to 475 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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If you start the trail via Fox Lake, becareful at marker 28. There are two paths, and the wrong one is marked with hiking markers. the actual path is not clear.

hiking
over grown
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
15 days ago

Arguably one of the best spots to watch the sunset in the HRM. I don’t know what happens to the sky above Susie’s lake, but it produces the craziest colours every time I’m there. Great short, moderate hike (you’ll be sweating!) with a nice little camping area, bonfire pit and great swimming! There are leaches. So try not to hangout on the rocks in the water!

Rocky in some areas, but what NS trails aren’t?! Haha. Great swimming spot in Fox Lake, perfect depth for jumping in. Brought pool noodles and floated around for hours

Absolutely awesome trail with beautiful views of the lakes. Very rugged and rocky at some sections

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

This trail is really nice. If you are looking for something more nature and less gravel then this is your spot. I saw a couple of garter snakes but they swiggled away when I got close. There are a lot of steep inclines but there are bridges and ropes to help. I ended up at Charles lake and I thought there was a good spot to take pictures of the lake but I ended up in a bunch of bushes and cobwebs. Pants and a good pair of boots are recommended for this trail for sure. All in all I would recommend!

running
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Directions to the trail head is completely wrong on this app. Took me 45 min using other maps and asking around to find. The trail head is actually across a very busy street, behind the Kent Building Supply warehouse and is completely unmarked. Someone just happened to be coming out when I was looking for it. The hike itself is ok. Very few views, but very lovely lake none the less. My cellphone died during the hike so recording does not show how many times I had to backtrack because the trail itself is also poorly marked. It was ok, but would not recommend.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Lovely little trail with ample parking. right off the highway. bring some bugspray if dawn or dusk. rocky, lots of roots. it's a forest floor path with no markings, but well used enough that you can't really get lost. bring your swimming stuff in a backpack, Kearney lake is a wonderful dip in the way out of the woods.

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Watch out for leeches in the water.. they’re quite large! And the fire ants on the island. But love this hidden gem. Muddy trails.

hiking
2 months ago

A relatively easy hike in on the old ATV/logging trail and then you'll need to pay close attention to the sparsely placed orange markers to reach the summit. at the summit you are rewarded with a fantastic view of the surrounding area. Recommend you use your GPS to navigate the last 600 meters to ensure you don't take a wrong turn but otherwise it's an easy trail to hike. Expect about 30mins to hike in and out, plus whatever time you spent at the summit.

This trail could be tricky. Easy to loose the path as few trails around. Muddy after rain. Liked it but nothing super special.

A great hike close to the city! We did the Charlie’s Lake loop (~3.7km) in an hour and a bit. It’s easy to get off the trail so would recommend using the app to stay on track. There are some steep spots, lots of rocks and tree roots, and logs to duck under/hop over, so make sure to wear good shoes. The views when you get to the halfway point of the trail (tip of the lake) are absolutely stunning and well worth the hike!

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

The trail starts on an open road / ATV trail before veering into the woods. Lots of horse flies and mosquitoes with occasional teens on dirt bikes. The place where you need to go into the woods is clearly marked with orange tape in the trees but no signage. Once in the woods you need to watch for the orange tape in the branches to stay on the right path. Towards the end we went the wrong way and never made it to the view. Even on the way out I couldn’t find the path we should have taken. We took our dog on leash and had no issues except for a fast stream where you had to cross on fallen trees lashed together. My Golden wouldn’t do it and instead crashed through the water in the rocks. Better markings and seeing the view could have raised this to 4 stars. I don’t think we’ll try this one again.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

great trail. definately a workout but the views are worth it!

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