Explore the most popular walking trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park Of Canada with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a beautiful trail

22 days ago

Wow! What an incredible hike. A group of 7 of us did this hike today (on May 1st). It definitely isn’t an easy trail, but it is also not hard. Moderate is a fair rating. Very steep at some point, but only for shorter spurts. I would recommend waiting until mid-May if you’re planning on going. The descending part of the loop was still VERY snowy and had a lot of fallen trees, so it might actually be wise to descend the same way as the ascend until the snow is gone. All of our socks got incredibly wet in our hiking boots. Still worth it for the amazing views at the top, and the delightful hike. It was cloudy/foggy when we began, but by the time we got to the top, we made it over the fog and it was great. It took about 3.5 hours with a substantial break at the top. Such a fun time!

hiking
26 days ago

The view is something you cannot explain or understand from the pictures. This was an easy hike and was an amazing find!

Go early to avoid people. The first bit is not at all exciting but the end is worth every step.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views await you on the Skyline Trail, but so do a lot of people. Very heavily trafficked trail, but the lack solitude is worth the views you get on this trail. The loop is a great option and many people just stick to the out-and-back version of the trail (taking a left at the fork).

If you do the loop, you may get lucky enough to see a moose or two (like me) on the more woodsy section. PROTIP: if you're here in the summer, do this trail right after a rain storm. The first part of the loop is boardwalk, so your shoes won't even get wet. And the crowd will be a quarter of what it would be on a perfect day.

hiking
1 month ago

You can actually drive this part of the trail if you are so inclined. It leads to a beautiful lake on the plateau and you can continue down the path after visiting the lake to go to Mica Hill. Breathtaking views all around you and you probably will only see a few other hikers. Just be cautious of the weather as you do not want to be on the plateau when a lightning storm rolls through.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with great views at the end! It gets very crowded, so get there early!

on Franey Trail

hiking
2 months ago

amazing view. bring a beer to the top to enjoy the hard work. I suggest going up and down the same side. the windy road back down is easier but feels like it takes forever and not scenic at all.

beautifull view. but easy and sometimes croudy

walking
3 months 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.

4 months ago

hiked this a few years ago. loved it!

4 months 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
5 months ago

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

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

7 months ago

wonderful place!

hiking
7 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
7 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
8 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
8 months ago

Amazing view

walking
8 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.

Awesome trail in crystal clear, crisp, fresh air. Spectacular views, beautiful vegetation. Highlight of the Cabot Trail.

on Skyline Trail Loop

hiking
8 months ago

Family hike with 4 kids, 11, 8, 2.5, 2month. Wife carried the baby in a carrier, 2.5 yr old in the stroller. Took the rugged back loop which I would not recommend for stroller but also did not regret due to the great look off views. The toddler hiked about half of the back loop while I carried/dragged the stroller over roots and rocks. Wouldn't do the rugged loop again with stroller but not regrets. Main trail is stroller friendly.

hiking
9 months ago

Très bien pour la partie où l'on a vue sur le cap

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