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Best trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, trail running 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. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 14 easy trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park ranging from 1.1 to 6.4 miles and from 29 to 1,358 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is defined by Atlantic Ocean views and deep canyons carved by rivers flowing through the forests. A portions of the Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway exists in the park along with old growth forests, Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats, and a unique and rugged landscape. Cape Breton Highlands National Park's operating season is from May to October, with full services in July and August. The Cabot Trail is open year-round. For more info see: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/visit/heures-hours ADMISSION FEES: Daily Adult $ 7.90 Senior $ 6.90 Youth free Family/Group $ 16.00 Commercial Group, per person $ 6.90 Seasonal Adult $ 40.06 Senior $ 35.05 Youth free Family/Group $ 80.23 Seasonal Early Bird Adult $ 20.03 Senior $ 17.99 Youth free Family/Group $ 50.08 Available from November 1 to June 30. Parks Canada Discovery Pass Adult $ 69.19 Senior $ 59.17 Family/Group $ 139.40 Accessibility: The visitor centers are fully accessible and has wheelchair accessible restrooms. The campgrounds also have accessible restrooms. An audio, self-guided tour is available on CD for purchase at the Le Nique bookstore. The following picnic areas are accessible: Ingonish, Black Brook North, Black Brook South, Cheticamp, and MacIntosh Brook. The following campgrounds have accessible camp sites: Broad Cove and Cheticamp. Additional accessible trails and facilities information for those with disabilities or using strollers can be found here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/visit/acces

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Map of trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Top trails (28)
#1 - Skyline Trail Loop
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
A beautiful, partially paved walking trail through meadows that ends with a boardwalk viewpoint with great views of the ocean, cliffs, and local wildlife - keep an eye out for moose! Parts of the trail might be closed due to overgrown plant vegetation. Accessibility: The trail surface is partially paved/boardwalk, and partially gravel/dirt. It is typically at least three feet wide. It has steep sections, with an average grade of 7% and a max grade of 20% at 0.6 miles, 2.3 miles, and 4.5 miles. Manual wheelchair and stroller users will likely need assistance navigating this trail because it is so steep. There are boardwalk stairs to get to some of the observation decks on the end of the loop.Show more
#2 - Franey Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
One of the more popular trails on the East Side of the Cabot Trail, Franey offers a great view point down a valley and over Ignomish and Middle Head. One can hike up and back the trail or make a loop by taking a Forest Road back down. The trail is well maintained but is steep in some locations, but steps are usually provided. The Forest Road takes you by a lake and offers potential for wildlife viewing.Show more
#3 - Middle Head Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Interpretive loop that follows along a narrow peninsula and offers great coastal scenery. There are a number of scenic lookouts and areas to explore. The trail is mostly level with some rocky sections. For up to date information on this trail, please see the park site here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking/middleheadShow more
#4 - Acadian Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Acadian Trail is one of the more popular trails on the Western side of the Cabot Trail. The western half of the loop takes you up through Acadian Forest with plenty of Overlooks over the sea while the Eastern half takes you down a valley with a stream and plenty of cascades.Show more
#5 - Skyline Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
There is an admission fee of $ 7.90 per adult for daily use. For up to date information about fees and current conditions, please consult the park's website. Show more
#6 - Jack Pine and Coastal Loop
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 35 m
Please note that partial trail closures have been reported for this trail as of 06/22/2020.Show more
#7 - Broad Cove Mountain
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 58 m
#8 - Fishing Cove
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 26 m
Note: Trail is open May 17 - October 28.Show more
#9 - MacIntosh Brook Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 35 m
#10 - Lake Warren
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
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