The East Coast Trail Guide is a digital trail guide and photo book filled with information about Newfoundland’s amazing East Coast Trail, including Biscan Cove Path.
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Biscan Cove Path runs from Cape St. Francis to Pouch Cove.
Check the map for the following details:
- The trail is 7.3 km in length.
- The north trailhead is on Route 20 just south of Cape St. Francis and Biscan Cove (Biscayan Cove).
- The south trailhead is at the start of Baldhead Road in Pouch Cove.
- Hiking back to Pouch Cove over Route 20 adds ~4 km to your hike.
- Route 20 from Pouch Cove to Biscan Cove is a dirt road that can get pretty bad depending on the season.
- Check the map for designated parking areas.
At about 7 km in length, this trail may not seem all that difficult at first glance. However, you should keep in mind that its north trailhead is in Biscan Cove, which has no amenities and can be hard to get to by car.
The most likely scenario for a hike on this trail involves starting at the south trailhead in Pouch Cove, following the coastal path up and down the forested hills all the way to the north trailhead, then returning to the south trailhead over Route 20, making the actual hike 11 km or more depending on your choice of exploring side trails and of course Cape St. Francis itself.
An interesting extension option for this hike is Cripple Cove Path, an absolute gem of a trail that offers breathtaking viewpoints. This short stretch of East Coast Trail is just the start of a much longer trail called White Horse Path, which leads all the way to Bauline.
If the 11 km Biscan Cove Path roundtrip seems like too much of a hike, you can always exit over one of the many access trails between the coast and Route 20. Every area along Biscan Cove Path has its own rewards, just be sure to give the north end of this path a try at least once.
Scenic spots on Biscan Cove Path:
- Freshwater Falls, which flows over the cliffs before reaching the ocean.
- Narrow Gulch, located on the new Anvil Rock Loop.
- Cape St. Francis, the northernmost point of the East Coast Trail.
Berries you can find on Biscan Cove Path include blueberries, partridgeberries, crackerberries, raspberries and cranberries.
Featured stories on Biscan Cove Path:
More photos and stories on Biscan Cove Path:
- Northern Lights over Newfoundland - September 2015
- Blueberries on the East Coast Trail - September 2015
- Get ready for the 2015 Perseids! - August 2015
- Forest trail to Biscan Cove - October 2013
- Biscan Cove raspberry pancakes - August 2013
- Summer busy - July 2013
- Pouch Cove to Cape St. Francis - April 2013
- Red squirrel on a forest hike - October 2012
- In moose season: wear blaze orange - October 2012
- Back to berries - August 2012
- Sea ice on the horizon - March 2012
- A quick hike on Biscan Cove Path - November 2011
- Hazy Cape St. Francis Path - May 2011
- A grey day on Cape St. Francis Path - March 2011
- Out and about on Cape St. Francis Path - November 2009
- April 1st: icebergs ahead - April 2009