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The East Coast Trail Guide is a digital trail guide and photo book filled with information about Newfoundland’s amazing East Coast Trail, including Blackhead Path.

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Don’t have Apple Books? There’s lots of trail information on this blog too. Below you’ll find a basic map, a quick trail description, and trail stories and photos from hikes in every season:

Basic map:

Trail description:

Blackhead Path runs from Blackhead to Cape Spear.
Check the map for the following details:

  • The trail is 3.7 km in length.
  • The west trailhead is at the end of the Blackhead Village Road in Blackhead.
  • The east trailhead is just west of the small parking lot on the Cape Bay near Cape Spear.
  • There is easy access to Blackhead from Cape Spear Drive.
  • Bing Maps used to offer a unique aerial perspective of Blackhead Path.

This short and sweet trail connects the town of Blackhead with Cape Spear. You can hike it in just half a morning or a late afternoon, which probably accounts for some of its popularity. As a relatively easy trail, Blackhead Path is highly recommended for novice hikers who want to get a taste of the East Coast Trail.

Just so you know, the trailhead on the Blackhead side now bears the name Cape Spear Path, and the trailhead on the Cape Spear side has been removed. This was done to make Blackhead Path part of the longer Cape Spear Path, but obviously you can still hike this trail separately.

Be forewarned that Blackhead Path does have a bit of a climb to it, reaching 120m on top of Blackhead, which rewards you with outstanding views of Cape Spear to the east and St. John’s to the west.

Trail flyer:

Do you offer accommodation in this area? Here’s a trail flyer you can use to promote the trail. Flyers about other parts of the East Coast Trail can be found on the trail flyers page.

Scenic spots on Blackhead Path:

  • The top of Blackhead has great views east and west.

Berry picking:

Berries you can find on Blackhead Path include blueberries, partridgeberries and there are even some small patches of bakeapples.

Featured stories on Blackhead Path:

More photos and stories on Blackhead Path:

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