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The East Coast Trail Guide offers maps, photos, and a detailed description of the entire East Coast Trail, including Motion Path.

Curious? Have a look at the free sample chapter available on iBooks.


Please don’t confuse the East Coast Trail Guide with the basic maps and trail descriptions that have always been available on this blog; those will remain available right here:

Basic map:

Trail description:

Motion Path runs from Petty Harbour to Shoal Bay.
Check the map for the following details:

  • The trail is 13.5 km in length, excluding the Shoal Bay Road access/exit trail.
  • The north trailhead is in the hills above Cavell’s Lane in Petty Harbour.
  • The south trailhead is at the end of Shoal Bay Road, in the middle of nowhere.
  • Hiking out over Shoal Bay Road to the Goulds, this trail becomes 19.8 km in length.
  • Hiking out over Spout Path to Bay Bulls, the trail becomes 30.7 km in length.
  • Check the map for designated parking areas.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of Motion Path with Bing Maps.

Motion Path is at times steep, narrow, wet, eroded and washed out; the distant views from the open hills make it all worthwhile though.

On the first few kilometres you’ll enjoy a great view of Cape Spear Path on the other side of Motion Bay, on a clear day you can even see the historic lighthouse in the distance. Coming around the bend at Motion Head you’ll walk through an interesting erratic-strewn landscape with many small bogs, on your left hand lies the open ocean with all its seasonal attractions.

After climbing all the way up to Hartes Point Ridge be sure to take in the view all around, looking back north for a memorable view stretching all the way to the Cape Spear lighthouse, and looking ahead all the way to the Ferryland lighthouse.

Continuing south you’ll pass the entrance to Pipeline Road, which leads to the Goulds. I don’t recommend that option because you’ll miss the beautiful twin waterfalls at Raymond’s Gulch just before arriving at the south trailhead. Once you’re there, you are still on the coast, and you’ll have to make a choice between adding either Spout Path to Bay Bulls or Shoal Bay Road to the Goulds.

Scenic spots on Motion Path:

  • Motion Head with its erratics left there since the time of glaciers.
  • Beautiful twin waterfalls at Raymond’s Gulch.
  • Memorable views from Big Hill, Burkes Head and Hartes Point Ridge.

Berry picking:

Berries you can find on Motion Path include blueberries, crackerberries, crowberries, cranberries, chokeberries, partridgeberries and bakeapples.

Photos and stories featuring Motion Path:

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