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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.

Amazing! Sad to see visitors trespassing on the areas clearly marked as no go zones. Pleased to see authorities tracking down violators. Remember it’s not all about you, it’s about appreciating and preserving nature.

Saw a moose 10 feet away from the high traffic trail but the view at the end is absolutely gorgeous!!

Nice cold pool to dip your feet in at the base of the pretty waterfall. Worth the short hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Unfortunately we saw no moose, but it was a great quiet beautiful spot early in the morning.

hiking
13 days ago

The lookout is unbelievable. Trail is very accessible to all.

hiking
15 days ago

A nice shady easy trail to a waterfall. Gradual climb on path. Waterfall worth the walk in.

hiking
15 days ago

A steep hour long climb up to great views over the clyburn valley and ingonish area. A loop trail. The trail is a old access road less steep and easier in the knees but long and boring. A couple lake lookouts.

hiking
15 days ago

As expected, spectacular views! Trail was an easy stroll. Saw families with strollers and flip flops. Had opportunity to pass through a Moose exclosure...be sure to close the gate behind you. Hiked this trail the day after we hiked the Franey trail. Wanted something easy. It was.

hiking
16 days ago

Hike up was challenging. Great views from the top. Bring snacks and water. My 11 year old son brought a book and stopped to read a chapter when we reached the top ( 4 km marker). Took the ATV trail back down.

Nice quick trail at end of day. We completed this one after a late dinner to work off my large fish and chip plate.

hiking
22 days ago

The view of the falls is very much worth the hike in! If you’re able to, get up to the second plateau to get a better view of the top of the falls (when you’re standing at the end of the trail facing the falls, turn around - there’s a steeper, root-ier climb that requires a bit more flexibility and strength than an “easy” hike). The flies were bad, but what can ya do! If there’s a walking stick offered at the beginning of the trail, use it and return it when you’re done (there were about 5 leaning against trees earlier this week).

hiking
22 days ago

The fork was open to both directions on Monday morning and was able to do the loop. Saw a mother and baby moose about a km into the walk, roughly 100 feet from the trail, and another larger female moose on the way back to the lot from the Skyline look-off - she was much closer, maybe 20 feet from the boardwalk. Amazing trail, and relatively easy - I’d call it a walking trail as opposed to a hiking one. Very well groomed and wide.

on Franey Trail

hiking
26 days ago

Always a great hike with spectacular views. A good workout going up but how hard you will work is variable—you can determine the right pace for you. The back road, my usual way down, is an easy forest walk. A hike not to miss.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike but I would say that it is quite steep with well over 100 steps to climb. Views are great even if it is a little fogged in. not suitable for children.

hiking
1 month ago

great trail for families. easy for all. scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

A challenging trail with a very steady ascent to the top but the payoff is certainly worth it. This trail rivals Skyline for the view from the top. absolutely fantastic!!

1 month ago

Great views...

hiking
1 month ago

Best of the bests..don't miss out the second view point just after the main view point . it is amazing

Short walk to see the waterfall. It’s a short and pleasant trail.

The loop is closed but u can still hike the trail. I feel this trail is a bit overrated. I can see better sunset at various locations in Chéticamp area without having to walk ie drive up and watch.

1 month ago

Take a left when u ascend. This section of the trail is gravel and dirt with benches along the way and a number of excellent look out points. The last two look outs have the best view of Chéticamp village and the Island. U can choose to go back down the same way or do the loop. If u do the loop, be mindful the conditions of the interior trail is rocky and many sections also muddy because it runs along a brook. U will see a number of small waterfalls. We saw a large black bear on our way up. He was on the trail and we observed him from a distance and waited for him to move out before continued.

Best view!

1 month ago

Franey does not disappoint! The view from the top was amazing! It is pretty demanding but doable for sure. We came back the road and were glad we did because the ascent was tough. Has to be one of the best hikes in Cape Breton!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike. Trail may be muddy. The lake is beautiful. Did this trail at sunrise. It was beautiful. Lots of signs of moose, but no moose.

Loved the trail. Views were fabulous. Beat the crowds and go at sunrise. Part of trail is closed for maintenance, but can still complete the full trial.

1 month ago

Nice trail with many ocean look out points. There are a few places to go down to the water. A lot of bugs, bring bug spray. The Keltic lodge nearby also has good ocean view.

hiking
1 month ago

Gave it 5 stars for the views but disappointed half was closed. Repairs should be done earlier in the year.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice short walk with a view.

Gorgeous! Challenging to get up the mountain, but definitely worth the hike!

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done, did this is the fall which was gorgeous!

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