Castle Rock Trail

EASY 5 reviews

Castle Rock Trail is a 9.5 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near East River, Nova Scotia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.5 km
168 m

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips


trail running


wild flowers

At Chester Connection Trail, head inland, away from the ocean. Travel on trail, going under trans Canada highway. Travel about 3 km to woods road on right labelled with 3 Castle Rock emblems. The first 3 km is flat wide trail which was likely once a train track bed. There is lots of water on this portion with ponds and streams. Travel up woods road about 1 km to summit, traveling through what was once a christmas tree farm. At the top is Castle Rock, which requires a small amount of easy scrambling to ascend. This is probably the tallest hill in this part of the province and there are extensive views inland and ocean. There are 3 separate trails to the summit, all well labelled.

mountain biking
4 days ago

tough trail for a beginner but an awesome view that's totally worth the trip, only reason I say it's tough for a beginner is because the gravels been turned up by ATVs making traction difficult on the up hill approaches.

5 days ago

The view from Castle Rock makes it all worthwhile. I did not enjoy the long walk along the Road. In the future I would walk in and out along the old rail line.

28 days ago

Very easy hike - basically just walked back the tracks several kilometres (away from the ocean - closest to exit 7 but on highway 3. After a few kilometres along the flat tracks you see a little road to the right with a castle symbol on a small sign. As you go along, look for the yellow, red, or blue castle signs. Follow whichever one suits your difficulty level. None of them are overly difficult - I might recommend not taking your dog up the hardest/steepest trail and you have to walk up or down some rock face. Parts of the trails very very muddy - mud holes you had to try to get around. You scramble up the final section of castle rock. There's a Canadian flag at the top and the view of the Atlantic Ocean is beautiful. You can see for miles in all directions due to how high you are. This was an enjoyable hike and I would do it again.

2 months ago

Sunday, September 25, 2016