It’s the 24th of May and we likes to get away
Up in the woods or going out the bay
There’s all kinds of places but the place we likes to get
Is up on the highway in the gravel pits

– Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers / YouTube

Yes b’y, The Pits!

Of course, if you’re anything like me, you’d rather spend the May 2-4 weekend exploring the East Coast Trail, which in a way is a mix of the woods and the bay, and anything but the pits!

If you’re thinking about going camping, maybe you’d like to stay near that amazing sea arch or beautiful beach I posted about last week, both of them are close to an official East Coast Trail campsite:

Gallows Cove campsite on Spurwink Island Path

Gallows Cove campsite on Spurwink Island Path

Lance campsite on Cape Broyle Head Path

Lance campsite on Cape Broyle Head Path

In case you’re wondering, yes, you are permitted to camp anywhere along the coast, just make sure you respect the environment and minimize your impact: that means absolutely no open fires, and packing out everything you bring in.

For some basic amenities, the official campsites are the way to go though, all of them offer an outdoor toilet, and 4 out of 5 have tent platforms and access to a nearby stream.

In addition to the 2 campsites mentioned above, there are campsites located on Motion PathSpout Path and Flamber Head Path, and all of them are close to some major scenic eye candy:

Miner Point campsite on Motion Path

Miner Point campsite on Motion Path

Little Bald Head campsite on Spout Path

Little Bald Head campsite on Spout Path

Roaring Cove River campsite on Flamber Head Path

Roaring Cove River campsite on Flamber Head Path

If you want to learn more about any of these beautiful locations, consider getting the official paper trail maps from ECTA, or have a look at Newfoundland’s #1 digital hiking guide, the East Coast Trail Guide: