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Duncan's Cove Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Duncans Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 606 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Please note: As of March 16, 2020, users have reported that many sections of this trail are currently flooded and muddy. Please consult the park's website before visiting. This trail starts from Chebucto Head Road. Do NOT start on Gannet Lane. It is on private property and trespassers will be prosecuted. Duncan’s Cove is a coastal trail located in Duncan Cove, Nova Scotia. The trail features incomparable coastal views of the North West Arm and Atlantic Ocean. The trail is a mix of marsh land and coastal hiking, culminating in an abandoned World War Two observation station. From here, the area is private property and hikers should not stray farther than the observation station so as not to disrupt surrounding flora and fauna or trespass. The trail is can be hazardous in the winter, especially at times when snow levels are high and ice is present. Visitors are encouraged to be cautious as the trail at times can be rocky and narrow, and close to eroded coastline. The trail is also very close to the coastal Chebucto Head hiking trail. Once you get to the abandoned WWII observation station, you must turn around. There is a 1000 foot long boulder wall beyond, with a number of No Trespass signs. If you stray, you will be on private property and damaging vulnerable flora and interfering with wild life that the owners are feeding and encouraging. Please respect the flora and fauna and turn back to Duncan's Cove. You'll be surprised at the new things you see on the trip back to where you started! The trail is not managed. There are no facilities and no signage. It is protected under Nova Scotia’s Special Places Protection Act. This means that the habitats and species are vulnerable to disturbance and damage. All fires, camping, hunting, trapping, motorized AND non-motorized vehicle access are prohibited (that means no ATVs, motorcycles, or mountain bikes, or strollers). Hikers should stay on the main trail and follow LEAVE NO TRACE principles.

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6 days ago

So much mud!

18 days ago

Amazing view. It's a little mucky at the start and once you're through to the water you can avoid most wet spots by using the rocks. It can occasionally get slippery but we had a great time. My kids loved the climb.

24 days ago

Was wet where you would expect after a little rain. trail was well travelled and well used. Can do this hike in sneakers as long as you can divert the wet areas but recommend hikers for the rocks

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24 days ago

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1 month ago

One of my favourites! Can be wet in the spring so bring good boots.

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1 month ago

Super nice. Bring pants and extra socks for swampy areas.

1 month ago

Today was my first time at this trail and I absolutely loved it. very clean and most of the dogs I have seen were on leashes. in some areas around the trail it was very muddy, so make sure you wear proper shoes for your hike :)

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rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful view, I would definitely go again. It was kind of confusing to find at first.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hiked Duncan’s trail yesterday was a beautiful day the trail is well-maintained most people stay on the trail didn’t see any signs of trash and people respected the on leash dog rule.There are no garbage cans though on the trail Carry out any trash that you bring in this includes poop bags we did notice a lot of poop on the trail for the first half kilometre didn’t see any kind of trash cans. Everyone seems to stay on the foot trail respecting the lush vegetation for the nature reserve and birds that nest there. Your binoculars as we did see a few seals on the rocks at the beginning of the trail also there is a lighthouse past the fort if you had binoculars you could see better

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3 months ago

We parked at the turnaround near Duncan's Cove and Chebucto Head Roads and walked back to the trailhead on the oceanside marked by yellow nature preserve signs. Mid-March we ran into flooded sections every 5 min and only made it 2km in. On the way home we saw lots of cars parked at the lighthouse turnoff and Duncan's Cove Rd at Gannet Ln, mind the no parking signs, it would must be an easy walk from there to the oceanside. Will try that next time!

4 months ago

Although it is hard to find and I did a different trail since I could not find the actual trail through all the private property signs I did find it by mistake. The easiest way to get to it is to park by the gate to the lighthouse and walk up the road to the lighthouse. On your right you will see one of the old Bunkers, follow the trail down to them and it continues around. I parked at a small turning spot where the Duncan's cove road and the Chebucto Head Heads intersect. There is a trail there that is about 2km of wooded/marsh trail and then becomes coastal taking you to the Lighthouse where you can continue to the Duncan's Cove trail and then just take the road back to your vehicle

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5 months ago

Couldn’t find it. Not marked. Nowhere to park. Private property everywhere. Don’t bother.

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5 months ago

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Great views, neat old buildings. Many different ways to go as the trail is not marked so I went 2 different ways. Awesome hike!

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rocky
8 months ago

Beautiful views of the coastal barrens. Found the trails further from the coast quite muddy. Need good shoes for navigating the rock near shore. I would definitely go back again.

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9 months ago

Beautiful! Took about 3 hours spent total, 2 there because we were exploring and enjoying the view and 1 hour back because we were hungry. Bring water and snacks! Easy walking on the trail and easy enough to follow but better to stay in the main trail. Wear good shoes for hiking and bring layers since the wind can make it cold. Worth the trip! The first bay is Duncan’s cove and then there is duck reef and Eastern Cove which is the biggest, the end is Gill’s Cove where you can see the lighthouse and get some shield from the wind behind the bunker.

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