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Cape Breton Highlands National Park is known for its spectacular highlands and ocean scenery. Steep cliffs and deep river canyons carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean. One third of the Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway, runs through the national park along the coasts and over the highlands. The cool, maritime climate and rugged landscape permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats, including old-growth forests of international importance.

on Franey Trail

1 day ago

Nice views, a lake, some small streams. I recommend going up counter clockwise for an easier accent.

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1 day ago

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2 days ago

Loved the scenery

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2 days ago

Very relaxing, 3 year old loved it

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3 days ago

on Corney Brook Trail

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4 days ago

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4 days ago

on Acadian Trail

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4 days ago

Tough but good to the top. Great views on top. Gravel road down

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5 days ago

on Skyline Trail Loop

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5 days ago

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6 days ago

This is a beautiful trail! It is 1400+ feet to the top. The app says this is a moderate trail , however, I consider it very challenging. The first half is about a 45 degree incline to the top, over rocks and roots and the second half , although not as picturesque, is easier walking however there is loose rock terrain making your footing uncertain. Lots of signs of wild life (bear scat, moose droppings , and coyote). Didn't happen to run in to any though ( thankfully). If you want a great work out and about 4 hours of hiking, this trail doesn't disappoint. Bring lots of water! One bottle is not enough! I agree with others who have said , when you think you're at the top you're not! Keep going until you see the red chair! Stunning views make all your hard work worth it.

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6 days ago

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7 days ago

Amazing view from lookouts

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10 days ago

Nice, easy and family trail. Very exposed so be advised; under the sun today it was cooking!

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15 days ago

Not outstanding in summer. The view from the top is nice, but I'm not sure it's worth the hike up there unless you just really like walking through the forest. However, I think this would be stunning in fall.

I definitely wouldn't do the entire loop unless you're there in fall. The southeast portion of the trail is probably what most folks do first. I would do an out and back along this route. The longer portion (that I don't recommend) is so buggy. There were just so many flies and sweat bees that weren't present on the first half. Plus, it's longer, and there's not really anything to see.

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19 days ago

The first half is pretty challenging if you're someone who's used to being at sea level, but the views are 100% worth it. The second half of the loop is pretty boring, but easy.