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High Head Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whites Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, fishing, and sea kayaking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 269 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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High Head Trail is located in Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia. The trail leads along the coast guiding hikers through numerous look-off points, with beautiful coastal views. The trail is prone to sogginess, especially after the rainy season, and after the beach does involve some navigation over rocks and through overgrown trails, before leading along the coast to the community of Prospect. Parking Information: Parking is available at either end of the trail, at the end of Hages Lane or off Prospect Bay Road. Best parking is at Hages Lane at the end of the cul-de-sac, however take caution not to block any residential driveways in the area.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail. Wet in places. The wind can be strong off the water. The views are incredible. Can choose well travelled foot path or rock hop along the shore.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail took the dogs out for a few hours. Sunny weather 16 degrees but glad we brought jackets with hoods due to the wind.

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rocky
5 days ago

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23 days ago

This is such an amazing trail. It’s very open and you can go off trail to the rocks to look at the ocean. View is amazing.

Beautiful brisk day

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rocky
4 months ago

great scenery a lovely hike

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snow
4 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect hike for a sunny fall day! Lots of rocks and some roots so sturdy shoes are recommended. You are by the ocean most of the way so the views are amazing. Fairly level so a nice level hike.

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muddy
7 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

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muddy
8 months ago

Hiked this beautiful spot on a Sunday and it was not too busy! Gorgeous rocks and trails to explore. Trail was muddy in places but well worth the trip.

hiking
8 months ago

small loose rocks and tree roots in some places / wear good hiking shoes/lots of ups and downs but not steep/ very scenic the whole way/wild blackberries/some areas of trail is very narrow with vegetation/no bugs

hiking
8 months ago

I loved this coastal trail! It was a beautiful view of the Atlantic almost the entire way — and was relatively flat! It’s nice and short too.

hiking
8 months ago

Mid to late august has some wild blackberries! Bring pants for high grass.

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over grown
rocky
10 months ago

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10 months ago

Very easy to find, and pictures can't compare to seeing this place in person. It's a little muddy for the first part of the trail if you park at the cul-de-sac (depending on time of year). The views are beautiful and you can see the seals laying on a rock island.

hiking
11 months ago

My daughter and I walked this trail this afternoon with our Labrador retriever. It is a gem. It is rough and wet in spots However we have had a very wet spring so far this year. It was arguably the nicest day we have had in 2019 thus far and today is a Sunday. Hardly anyone was there! The three of us enjoyed the moderately difficult hike, the lack of flies, the low number of people and the gorgeous views.

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rocky
11 months ago

A lovely little hike to beautiful Prospect. But beware if it has rained recently, it is very very boggy on the trail so wear appropriate footwear. Rocky underfoot as well. Alternatively, tide permitting you could walk over the rocks which woukd make easier going if boggy. I parked at Hages Lane turning circle walked to Prospect 4.4km and looped back 4.7km along the road as i was pushed for time and tramping back across the bogs is time consuming watching where you put your feet. It is windy on this coastline when the mist is in so wrap up in layers. Also spotted some birds and ducks along the way.

Sun Mar 24 2019

Beautiful coastal hike. Winds off the ocean keep things cool so dress accordingly. We did not encounter any other hikers this time of year. The exposed trail was wind swept with snow built up in crevices (sometimes knee deep). Exceptional scenery. Be prepared and bring water and food. There was some water we had to navigate as streams were flowing from melt water and rain. We hiked from Prospect Village along the coastal trail and looped back on the road to our truck. Total distance covered was 8.8km.

Sun Mar 17 2019

I lived in Prospect Village for years and just love the area. It's just beautiful in all seasons. Hiking is especially pleasant in summer. The trail is often cool due to wind off the water and fog. Layers are highly recommended,as well as sunblock and a good tied on hat...wind and sun can be strong. Getting close to the water can be dangerous. Be wary of waves and dark, slippy rocks. The tide can come in quickly. Beautiful spot to visit.

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Mon Dec 03 2018

Great views. Suggest to take two vehicles and park at each end so you don’t have to double back.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Absolutely gorgeous views but you need to watch your feet as the trail can be rocky or soft. Very easy to twist an ankle. And yes sometimes it can be tricky to find the path. This is NOT private land. It’s a conservation area and the trail is maintained. Wonderful rocky points to climb and sit. Saw people fishing off them. Beautiful spots to watch the sunset. No services and there’s no easy way to return to your car. So plan to hike back. I went three times during my week in the area. A hidden gem b

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