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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 Biscan Cove Path.

A free sample of Newfoundland’s #1 hiking guide is available on Apple Books.

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:

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.

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 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.

Berry picking:

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:

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