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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.

walking
4 days ago

This is not a hike - an easy stroll is the pace but the end view is what people come for. Note that it is wheelchair accessible

I hiked this trail Saturday February 10, 2018 in the morning. I started around 8 am and it took about an hour to reach the end. There was a bit of snow at the beginning but none at the end. There was a lot of icy areas hidden with a dusting of snow. No animals were sited. I saw a few fresh coyotes and rabbits tracks on the path.

1 month ago

hiked this a few years ago. loved it!

1 month ago

Personally, we loved the variety of this trail.

This trail was just ok, honestly. With so many beautiful views throughout this entire area, we had a hard time finding this crowded trail worth it. We prefer the lesser traveled trails in this park.

I hiked this morning, December 9, 2017.
It was great.I had the whole Trail to myself.
I heard a Coyote howling from a distance. The Gulf of St. Lawrence was so calm that the Magdelan Islands that belong to Quebec 40+ miles away were visible.
I was able to take 20 photos of the awesome view of the landscapes and one spruce grouse.
I did see a rabbit go by but he was too fast for my camera.

So pretty. Lots of little offshoot paths for great photo ops.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike despite the rain and fog, Ran into two Bull Moose on the trail.

Not a challenging hike, but you may well get the lake to yourself. Which is pretty magical.

Great views, and a thrilling ascent. I wish I was back there.

3 months ago

wonderful place!

hiking
4 months ago

We were suppose to hike Skyline on the west side of Cape Breton, but fog rolled in. Franey was our next choice and did not disappoint at all. Great hike, great views. Up and back as the loop is not challenging.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, well maintained trail with gorgeous views of the ocean and Cape Breton Highlands. It's the views that make this a 5 Star trail for me. Even the Loop trail is pretty easy and manageable even for hikers that are not in great shape; there are no steep or exposed sections. Let biggest draw of the Loop trail is that it's less crowded than the out-and-back trail.

Did the hike in June and it's worth the views. If you're in the area and have the time, you must do it. We took the "woodsie" side out, saw the views and took the other path back. The way back was very easy and not really a hike per se. Didn't see any wildlife other than a few small birds :(

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Incredible views of the Ingonish area. This was our first time hiking Franey. We've hiked Skyline numerous times. The views from Franey are more breath taking then Skyline.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice falls

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing view

walking
5 months ago

Nice and short

Great hilltop trail without having to climb the mountain. Beautiful panoramic views of the mountain tops and ocean. Its a place where you are left feeling wide open to the sky. There are a lot of moose on this trail, which is why dogs are not allowed (the moose were consistently charging at dogs on the trail). It is very heavily tracfficed as it is probably the most popular trail in the Cabot Trail Park.

A nice easy walk along the brooke. The waterfall is pretty but not much to the trail besides that. It is a nice quick walk if you are short on time.

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