South Granite Ridge Trail is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.5 miElevation gain1,558 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestLakeViewsWildflowersRockyScramble
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South Granite Ridge is a backcountry trail starting 2.6km from the Park Road parking lot for Musquodoboit Trailway near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Given the length, steep elevation gains, and backcountry nature of the trail, it is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. The trail features beautiful look off and lake views, and has trail markers, kilometer markers, maps at either end of the backcountry trail, and is best used from April to October, when little to no snow is present. The trail may also be entered at the end of the North Granite Ridge Trail, approximately 7km from the Park Road parking lot. Hikers are advised that if starting from the end of North Granite Ridge, at the 2.5km point the trail connects onto a Portage Route. The continue on South Granite Ridge Trail continue to the left, along the river; if following the Portage Route (a 2km out and back detour), cross the river immediately ahead. South Granite Ridge Trail also connects onto Bayers and Admiral Lake Loops from the official trailhead entrance. Parking Information: Best parking is at the end of Bayer Mill Road, eliminating 1km of railway trail walking to and from the South Granite Ridge trailhead entrance. Parking is also available at Park Road parking lot.

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Jess S
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incredible springlike weather today! definitely needed the crampons today but not for much longer.

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Alexa Steponaitis
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in areas, tricky to find solid footing with snow roughly 8-12" deep due to terrain - rock placement with obscured gaps, etc. If you haven't done this beautiful trail before I reccomend going when snow is high enough for shoe shoes (which will have to come off on steepest inclines), or wait till a few days after a snow so that its packed down somewhat. The Portage Trail shortcut is marked and passable but gets very swampy in Spring and with any substantial rainfall or snowmelt so bring a couple pair of dry socks or even lightweight rubber boots if you have room.

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Michael Pierce
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Kim Scott
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Karlee Jones
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HikingMuddy

Fantastic hike. Lots of steep sections and many great views. Very well marked. Bring lots of water. I tapped my ankles for added support and it was definitely the right choice!

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Alexa Steponaitis
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Adam Cleave
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this trail can be quite slippery when wet due to the steep elevation changes, I would recommend a good pair of hiking boots and a walking stick. there are plenty of viewpoints and it's a beautiful trail all around. Do not underestimate this trail

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Alexa Steponaitis
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Alexa Steponaitis
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great challenging hike

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Alexa Steponaitis
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Alexa Steponaitis
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love this challenging varied forest trail.

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Rachel Carpenter
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Alexa Steponaitis
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Kirsten MacMillan
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HikingRocky

I really enjoyed this trail. It is challenging with lots of up and down and obstacles like roots, mud and rocks. The trail is very well marked and it’s easy to stay in track. It was about 3km on the easy trail to start, 9.5km in the woods, and 7km on the rail to trail at the end according to GPS watch. I would recommend parking on Bayers Mills Road as long as you can park off of the road to cut out 2+ km of the more boring flat trail! Bring lots of water, if you bring a filter there are not many options within the granite ridge trail to easily fill up.

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Alycia Smith
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Ryker Bowlby
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Oldbastard Outdoors
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BugsRocky

Although a beautiful trail this trail is not to be taken lightly. Your gonna need plenty of water , and or a filter for water. You are also going to want to be in shape because this trail will let you know fast enough if your not. Well worth it to explore if properly prepared south Granite ridge

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Adam Cleave
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great workout

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Jenny User
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The hard rating applied to this trail is not a joke, if you are not fit and prepared to climb and walk for a while with little to no rest spots available, this one is not for you, there are other, much easier trails within the same system. This trail offers challenge, lots of back woods with some openings with views, lots of streams and rivers. Not sure if this is related to Spring weather but its very wet, and therfore buggy, many times you're walking through brooks and what feels like marsh and there's no way to stay dry or navigate safley around it. Also the "shortcut" was a waste of time hiking a km to a swamp there was no way around. the winds this winter were rough on the trail so be prepared to crawl under or climb over a number of trees in the path. MTAs website notes the short cut is at 5.5 km its past the 6k marker about half way to the 6.5.

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Kevin Kohl Phinney
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail great workout and great views! One thing I noticed was that the signs at some intersections can be confusing, like several different names for the main rail trail etc..

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Sara JoY
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HikingRockyWashed out

I prefer North Granite for sure. Be cautious when you get 3/4 of the way to the start of North Granite. There is a junction back to the trail way. I took it by mistake and ended up in a swamp with wet feet. There were a couple woodsy parts that were pretty cool, I’m not much one for look offs, so if you are, this is a great one for you. Lots of elevation and rocks

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Scott Clemence
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

the rail trail part is a bit boring. but the ridge makes up for it.

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Steve Barnes
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HikingBugs

Great afternoon hike with nice views from the peaks and not too many bugs when you keep moving. I will definitely bring the family along next time for this one. There were 5 or 6 trees blown down across that trail, but nothing you can’t climb over or duck under. The trail is conveniently marked (with red tree tags) and the worn path let’s you keep your head down while traversing the stones without loosing your way.

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