Acadian Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,351 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

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6 months ago

Hiked 11/4/19. Great trail. It provides a variety of terrain and views: birch forests, areas of dense fir trees, tranquil mossy rock stream, followed by wind battered barren trees and grass trail with great overlooks of the gulf, We hiked counterclockwise late in the day, which created wonderful light for the overlook portion. We finished in just over 2 hours, hiking at a rapid pace to beat the dark. We saw woodpeckers and chipmunks, not a single other person at this late point in the season.

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6 months ago

One of the better trails in the National Park area of Cape Breton for sure. The west side of the loop is where you’ll see great views of the Cheticamp area and a number of scenic lookouts, while the east side takes you along a gentle brook in a more wooded setting. Pick which order you think you’d like to see it in, or you can do an out and back of the west side if all you want is views. I went with the woods first (counterclockwise) and it seemed like the way up the hill may have been a bit less steep that way, although either way is a gradual climb and isn’t anything super strenuous, and either way the views are worth it.

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7 months ago

Challenging incline and superb views. We saw 2 moose at the very top - very very worth it. On the way down we followed the river back to the carpark. One of our favourite hikes in Cape Breton.

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7 months ago

We loved this hike, we went clockwise although it seemed most people went counter, we enjoyed it very much. The look offs were amazing and the trail that follows the river was challenging and enjoyable.

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8 months ago

Skill level: Intro/Beginner Difficulty: 7.6/10 Done in Early July Enjoyed it thoroughly. We did the hike by going up the mountain (so you get peeks of the glorious view as you climb upwards) and then finished going by the brook. We preferred it that was as it was relaxing coming down. The day we went winds were at least 80km/hr so be weary of that. It was a stunning hike and one of our favs at Cabot Trail

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8 months ago

The trail is beautiful! Unfortunately the day we went was very rainy and foggy so the reward at the top was non existent.

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9 months ago

it's a hard hike, but the view is worth it :)

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9 months ago

Nous avons fait la randonnée en sens inverse de ce qui est proposé, c'est à dire en montant du côté où il n'y a pas de points de vues et en redescendant du côté des points de vues. Ce fut vraiment un bon choix à mon avis puisque presque tout le long de la montée, on longe une petite rivière et on marche au son de ses petites cascades. C'était rafraîchissant.

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rocky
9 months ago

We hiked up along the brook first which was steep and rocky in parts and I'm glad we did as it is the more difficult portion of the trail. the views from atop the mountain are stunning and well worth the climb. We saw some moose poop and bear scat but no more than that. Completed the loop in approx 3hrs with a toddler on my back.

Fun little 2 hour hike. Well worth a quick stop if driving by while doing the Cabot Trail.

10 months ago

Belle vue à mi-parcour

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10 months ago

Loved this trail! Hiked it just before sunset. The views were incredible and the terrain was not too challenging. Pretty magical place overall. We went up near the brook and down the other side. The trail is well marked. Hiked this much more quickly than expected but are experienced hikers. There is an outhouse part of the way up which is a bonus.

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rocky
11 months ago

Beautiful views, pretty low traffic on a Tuesday afternoon. As others have said, the south face (left hand trail) is definitely easier going. We took the south face down and saw a moose antler. You can get a kids activity guide (similar to the US Jr. Ranger program) at the visitor center.

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rocky
Thu May 23 2019

Great trail. Saw a moose. No bears. Diverse views and foliage!

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Tue May 21 2019

This is just an amazing hike! The trail is very pretty and the views are breathtaking! And its not a really hard trail! I’ve worked more for less!

Mon Apr 29 2019

Have done this twice and loved it. Not for the inexperienced. Great views at the top, a lovely stream on one side, and nice scenery all along the way. Keep kids and dogs close as some parts are very narrow with a steep and dangerous drop off.

Sat Sep 08 2018

This was a beautiful hike with stunning views. All uphill if you keep to the left. If you go right, it’s easier going but you will punish your knees on the decent. If you’re an occasional hiker this trail isn’t for you. Again, loved every step. Note. Trail ended up at 10.9km all said and done. Loved it!

Sun Aug 26 2018

A great trail! We started up on the western trail, which is a little steeper. But completely doable. Of course we saw tons of other hikers, but we had a number of nice chats when we stopped to rest, usually at the scenic overlooks. We were able to see all the destruction caused by the moose, as well as the very different areas of the forrest. We very much enjoyed the views of the coast, and the stroll along the creek.

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Thu Aug 23 2018

Loved the diversity of this trail! Nice climb with beautiful views on the way up, and a beautiful brook side walk on the way down. Loved the moss-covered rocks in the brook. So peaceful!

Mon Jul 02 2018

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.

Sat Jun 16 2018

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

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Mon Jun 11 2018

Fantastic views !Nice moderate trail. We did it in about 3 hours with numerous stops for views. the last half actually may have been the nicest, following the creek all the way back with a gradual descent. Trail actually shows as 8.4 kms.

Fri Dec 29 2017

Personally, we loved the variety of this trail.

Wed Nov 29 2017

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

Wed Aug 09 2017

Amazing view from lookouts

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