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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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.
- 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 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 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:
- 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
- A beautiful day on Cape Spear Path - September 2016
- Winter 2014, so far - February 2014
- Are there still snowy owls at Cape Spear? - January 2014
- A cold walk at Cape Spear - December 2013
- Whales, still around? - October 2013
- A mild ‘spring’ day on Cape Spear Path - March 2013
- Last days of summer - September 2012
- Storm damage on Cape Spear Path - September 2012
- Back to berries - August 2012
- It’s Bakeapple time - July 2012
- Foggy first day - July 2012
- Stuck inside the house - April 2012
- A quiet hike on Cape Spear Path - October 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
- A night of music and Lyrids - April 2011
- A spring day on Cape Spear Path - April 2011
- Snowy Cape Spear Path - March 2011
- Maddox Cove night hike - May 2010
- Cape Spear to Motion Bay - May 2009
- Cape Spear Path with Marije - April 2009
- Erosion patterns on an iceberg - April 2009