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The trail pages on this blog show basic maps and simple trail descriptions for the northern half of the East Coast Trail, from Cape St. Francis to Bay Bulls, but of course there are many more trails on the East Coast Trail.

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Trails south of Bay Bulls

For a preview of the southern half of the East Coast Trail, please scroll through the trail list below, most trails include links to stories and photos posted on this blog:

Mickeleens Path:

Bay Bulls to Witless Bay – 7.0 km

Beautiful coastal forest trail with waterfalls, red cliffs, and a wide-open headland at the halfway point. This hike is easily combined with a boat tour into the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The loop hike that makes use of the inland shortcut is about 10 km.

Upper Red Cove - Mickeleens Path

Upper Red Cove – Mickeleens Path

Beaches Path:

Witless Bay to Mobile – 6.9 km

Easygoing forest trail with minimal elevation changes, ideally suited for less experienced hikers and those looking to combine a hike with a boat trip into the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.

Little Bald Head - Beaches Path

Little Bald Head – Beaches Path

Tinkers Point Path:

Mobile to Tors Cove – 5.1 km

This easy trail offers rocky beaches, old forest lanes and an oceanside meadow that looks onto the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.

Kearneys Point - Tinkers Point Path

Kearneys Point – Tinkers Point Path

La Manche Village Path:

• Tors Cove to La Manche Village – 6.7 km
• Bauline East to La Manche Village – 2.7 km

Often combined with a longer hike that includes Flamber Head Path, the 2.7 km section from Bauline East to the suspension bridge in the abandoned La Manche Village is a fun hike in its own right, including the short side trail to Doctors Cove.

Suspension Bridge - La Manche Village Path

Suspension Bridge – La Manche Village Path

Flamber Head Path:

La Manche Village to Brigus South – 11.5 km

A beautiful forest trail with dozens of viewpoints and side trails. The campsite near Flamber Head offers a great way to experience the coast and all its attractions overnight.

Flamber Head - Flamber Head Path

Flamber Head – Flamber Head Path

Brigus Head Path:

Brigus South to Admirals Cove – 6.5 km

Lush coastal forest, warm pebble beaches and towering viewpoints make this trail a bit of a hidden gem. If you brought a GPS with you, try taking the inland shortcut back to where you started to complete a 8.5 km loop (the shortcut is quite muddy).

Tar Cove Beach - Brigus Head Path

Tar Cove Beach – Brigus Head Path

Cape Broyle Head Path:

Cape Broyle to Calvert – 18.3 km

Considerable length and a daunting elevation profile make this one of the most challenging hikes on the East Coast Trail, but with a major highlight like Lance Cove Beach it’s definitely worth exploring, especially in summer. A campsite is available near the halfway point (close to the beach).

Lance Cove Beach – Cape Broyle Head Path

Caplin Bay Path:

Calvert to Ferryland – 5.3 km

This short forest trail stays close to town for most of the way, before taking you up through the wide-open Ferryland hills with great views of the lighthouse peninsula.

Freshwater Cove - Caplin Bay Path

Freshwater Cove – Caplin Bay Path

Sounding Hills Path:

Ferryland to Aquaforte – 5.0 km

Quiet coastal forest trail with lovely viewpoints of the ocean, the bay, and the sparkling Spout River in Aquaforte.

Spout River - Sounding Hills Path

Spout River – Sounding Hills Path

Mudder Wet Path:

Aquaforte – 3.2 km

As the shortest trail on the Irish Loop side of the East Coast Trail, this trail is fun to explore with the kids when the Mudder Wet Estuary empties at low tide.

South West River - Mudder Wet Path

South West River – Mudder Wet Path

Spurwink Island Path:

Aquaforte to Port Kirwan – 17.1 km

The spectacular sea arch at Berry Head is one of the major highlights of the East Coast Trail, but even without it this trail is a great hike. A campsite is available near the halfway point, not far from the sea arch.

Berry Head Sea Arch - Spurwink Island Path

Berry Head Sea Arch – Spurwink Island Path

Bear Cove Point Path:

Kingman’s Cove to Renews – 11.5 km

Far away from St. John’s, you’re not likely to run into many other hikers when you explore this trail’s scenic coves, lush forest, and quiet oceanside meadows.

Water Cove - Bear Cove Point Path

Water Cove – Bear Cove Point Path

Island Meadow Path:

Renews to Cappahayden – 10.3 km

Wet and frustratingly muddy coastal forest on the Renews side makes this trail a bit of a challenge. Less experienced hikers are advised to stick to the easier Cappahayden side of the trail.

Island Meadow - Island Meadow Path

Island Meadow – Island Meadow Path


For much more information on these and all the other trails, please have a closer look at the East Coast Trail Guide, available on iBooks.


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