The East Coast Trail Guide offers maps, photos, and a detailed description of the entire East Coast Trail, including Cape Spear Path.
Curious? Have a look at the free sample chapter available on iBooks.
Please don’t confuse the East Coast Trail Guide with the basic maps and trail descriptions that have always been available on this blog; those will remain available right here:
Cape Spear Path runs from Cape Spear National Historic Site to Maddox Cove.
Check the map for the following details:
- The trail is 9.7 km in length, excluding access to the north trailhead.
- The north trailhead is on the trail, 1 km south of Cape Spear NHS.
- The south trailhead is at the end of the Old Maddox Cove Road in Maddox Cove.
- Check the map for designated parking areas.
- Get a bird’s eye view of Cape Spear Path with Bing Maps.
Cape Spear is the easternmost point in North America, it’s a National Historic Site that draws a lot of tourists in the summer months. Among other things, people come here to see the sun rise on North America, to visit the lighthouses, to see icebergs float by in spring, and to see whales feed along the coastline in summer.
Cape Spear Path starts just south of the NHS and in my opinion this trail is the easiest of the longer paths I’ve mentioned on this site. It starts out due south over barren headlands and marshes, providing many boardwalks along the way. Have a good look at the peculiar pitcher plants that grow in all the bogs on the Cape, they’re the provincial flower of Newfoundland and Labrador. Continuing south you’ll realize that this trail has no significant elevation changes to speak of, it remains quite level for most of the way.
After briefly sidetracking over North Head the trail veers southwest over a long boardwalk, before finally running into the hills. These forested hills are the only significant obstacle before reaching Maddox Cove, be especially careful on wet days when the many exposed roots and rock-steps in this forest are extra slippery.
Scenic spots on Cape Spear Path:
- Cape Spear National Historic Site is great, offering both history and nature, an interesting combination.
- Many small but scenic coves between North Head and Maddox Cove.
Berries you can find on Cape Spear Path include bakeapples, blueberries, wild strawberries, crackerberries, raspberries, cranberries, marshberries and blackberries.
Photos and stories featuring Cape Spear Path:
- Cape Spear light beams - December 2016
- A beautiful day on Cape Spear Path - September 2016
- 2015 Geminids over Newfoundland - December 2015
- Below the Cape Spear light - August 2015
- Are there still Snowy Owls at Cape Spear? - January 2014
- A cold walk at Cape Spear - December 2013
- Nature claims a Snowy Owl - December 2013
- Snowy Owls at Cape Spear - November 2013
- Whales, still around? - October 2013
- A mild ‘spring’ day on Cape Spear Path - March 2013
- Storm damage on Cape Spear Path - September 2012
- It’s Bakeapple time - July 2012
- Foggy first day - July 2012
- A quiet hike on Cape Spear Path - October 2011
- Dawn at Cape Spear - September 2011
- Sunshine at the Cape - August 2011
- Whale play - July 2011
- A hike to North Head on Cape Spear Path - June 2011
- Bakeapple blossom - June 2011
- East Coast Rainforest - June 2011
- Cape Spear Path on Bing Maps - May 2011
- A night of music and Lyrids - April 2011
- A spring day on Cape Spear Path - April 2011
- Snowy Cape Spear Path - March 2011
- Dusk at Cape Spear - February 2011
- 2010 Geminids over Newfoundland - December 2010
- Maddox Cove - May 2010
- Planet Spear - May 2010
- Spring dawn - March 2010
- 2 x August 1 - August 2009
- Of shoes & whales - July 2009
- Week 27: Dazed and Confused - July 2009
- Hike at Cape Spear - May 2009
- Cape Spear Path - April 2009
- Iceberg patterns - April 2009
- From routine to route 70 - January 2009
- Keeping in touch - January 2009
- A visit to Cape Spear - January 2009