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North Head Trail is in St. John’s.
Check the map for the following details:
- The loop is ~4 km in length.
- There is no ‘one’ trailhead, suitable places to start are found all along the trail, the most obvious ones being on top of Signal Hill and near the Signal Hill Visitor Centre.
North Head Trail is not a part of the East Coast Trail, instead it’s a Grand Concourse trail. I’ve included it here because it runs along the ocean and it’s a perfect fit between Sugarloaf Path and Deadmans Bay Path, and it’s also quite beautiful.
The main difference between this trail and any path along the East Coast Trail is the vast number of people you’ll encounter. North Head Trail is very popular with St. John’s locals, they work out on this trail, running it up and down, over and over.
There are plenty of elevation changes spanning this relatively short trail, so there’s quite a bit of stair climbing involved. In one dodgy spot a chain has been mounted to the cliffside, providing something to hold on to as you carefully manoeuvre your way to the other side.
Scenic spots on North Head Trail:
- Signal Hill, which is basically the centre of the entire loop, you’ll have great views of it and from it. Signal Hill really is a must-see location for every visitor to St. John’s.
- The Narrows, which is the narrow channel connecting St. John’s harbour to the Atlantic Ocean. North Head Trail actually goes through the Narrows and therefore it offers some great views of it.
- The Outer Battery, famously colourful houses hugging the inside of the Narrows.
Berries you can find on North Head Trail include chokeberries, blueberries and partridgeberries, but keep in mind that a lot of people walk their dogs on this trail.
Photos and stories featuring North Head Trail:
- Small iceberg on HarbourCam - April 2017
- Dawn companion - April 2017
- Exploring Cuckolds Cove - March 2016
- Street View on North Head Trail - November 2013
- November sun on North Head - November 2013
- Blown away on North Head Trail - December 2012
- It’s getting cold - November 2012
- September arrivals - September 2012
- Summer on Signal Hill - July 2012
- An iceberg outside the St. John’s Narrows - March 2012
- Reverse waterfall on North Head - February 2012
- Dark day on North Head Trail - October 2011
- North Head Trail - December 2010
- Signal Chill - January 2009