The East Coast Trail Guide is a digital trail guide and photo book filled with information about Newfoundland’s amazing East Coast Trail, including Cape Spear 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:
Cape Spear Path runs from Blackhead to Maddox Cove.
Check the map for the following details:
- The trail is 15.4 km in length, excluding access to the north trailhead.
- The north trailhead is at the end of Blackhead Village Road in Blackhead.
- The south trailhead is at the end of the Old Maddox Cove Road in Maddox Cove.
- Check the map for designated parking areas.
- Bing Maps used to offer a unique aerial perspective of Cape Spear Path.
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 with a climb up and over Blackhead, but many people also start it from Cape Spear NHS. From there it continues 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.
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 Cape Spear Path:
- The top of Blackhead has great views east and west.
- Cape Spear National Historic Site is great, offering an interesting combination of scenic, natural, and historic appeal.
- 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.
Featured stories on Cape Spear Path:
More photos and stories on Cape Spear Path:
- Foggy hike on Blackhead - May 2022
- Fall scenery around St. John’s - September 2021
- Find a snowy owl - November 2020
- Whale season in Newfoundland - July 2020
- Summer iceberg on Cape Spear Path - September 2019
- Puffin watching from the East Coast Trail - July 2018
- ECTA Fundraiser in Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove - May 2018
- Colourful barrens of Cape Spear Path - September 2017
- Cape Spear light beams - December 2016
- A beautiful day on Cape Spear Path - September 2016
- 2015 Geminids over Newfoundland - December 2015
- Reverse waterfall on Blackhead Path - October 2015
- Cape Spear moonrise - September 2015
- Below the Cape Spear light - August 2015
- Return to the Cape Spear iceberg - June 2014
- Iceberg arch at Cape Spear - June 2014
- Six weeks before we leave - May 2014
- Icebergs at Cape Spear - April 2014
- Cape Spear Halo - March 2014
- Long-tailed Ducks at Cape Spear - March 2014
- Snowy Cape Spear & Petty Harbour - March 2014
- Winter 2014, so far - February 2014
- Are there still snowy owls at Cape Spear? - January 2014
- Invigorating, or aggravating? - December 2013
- 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
- Big waves at Cape Spear - March 2013
- Morning walk on Blackhead - January 2013
- Last days of summer - September 2012
- Storm damage on Cape Spear Path - September 2012
- Caribbean Princess leaving St. John’s - September 2012
- Back to berries - August 2012
- It’s Bakeapple time - July 2012
- Foggy first day - July 2012
- Stuck inside the house - April 2012
- Blue sky at Cape Spear - February 2012
- Venus at Cape Spear - November 2011
- Cape Spear to Small Point hike - November 2011
- A quiet hike on Cape Spear Path - October 2011
- Dawn at Cape Spear - September 2011
- Sunshine at Cape Spear - August 2011
- Cape Spear + Hey Rosetta! - August 2011
- Whale playing with seabirds - July 2011
- A hike to North Head on Cape Spear Path - June 2011
- Berry blossoms - June 2011
- East Coast Rainforest - June 2011
- Cape Spear Path on Bing Maps - May 2011
- Blackhead 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
- Winter is melting on Blackhead Path - March 2011
- Sunset at Cape Spear - February 2011
- 2010 Geminids over Newfoundland - December 2010
- Hurricane Igor turns off the lights - September 2010
- Five hikes on the East Coast Trail - June 2010
- Maddox Cove night hike - May 2010
- Little Planet Spear - May 2010
- Spring dawn at Cape Spear - March 2010
- Whales at sunrise, Festival at sunset - August 2009
- Whale watching at Cape Spear - July 2009
- Week 27: Dazed and Confused - July 2009
- Cape Spear to Motion Bay - May 2009
- Cape Spear Path with Marije - April 2009
- Erosion patterns on an iceberg - April 2009
- Getting into our daily routine - January 2009
- Thank you for keeping in touch - January 2009
- First visit to Cape Spear - January 2009