The East Coast Trail Guide offers maps, photos, and a detailed description of the entire East Coast Trail, including Stiles Cove 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:
Stiles Cove Path runs from Pouch Cove to Flatrock.
Check the map for the following details:
- The trail is 15.1 km in length.
- The north trailhead is halfway down Bank Road in Pouch Cove.
- The south trailhead is at the end of Hickey’s Lane in Flatrock.
- Check the map for designated parking areas.
- There is easy access to Shoe Cove from Diamonds Road.
- There is easy access to Stiles Cove from Satellite Road.
- There is easy access to Red Head from Red Head Road.
Save for a few barren headlands, beautiful Stiles Cove Path runs through a quiet coastal forest. Your companions on this trail are mostly squirrels, hares, eagles and a few moose; you may not see all of them but they’ll surely see you as you hike on by.
Ocean viewpoints are scattered along the trail, providing regular rest stops with amazing views in every season season. Summer-time is especially good: you will hear the whales breathe as you are walking in the shaded forest, and when you reach the open viewpoints you’ll have a great opportunity to have your lunch break in plain view of these oceanic giants.
Scenic spots on Stiles Cove Path:
- Spout Cove Falls (Dog’s Hole Falls) is a waterfall that drops from the forested cliffs straight into the ocean.
- Stiles Cove is the namesake of the trail, it’s a big and beautiful secluded cove with steep cliffs and waterfalls. In winter you’ll find ice climbers scaling the frozen falls and walls, down to the otherwise isolated beach.
- Red Head offers two treats, one of them is Red Head Cove, a place where many whales congregate in summer, the other is Acrophobia, a dramatic vertical rock face on the southeast side; venture too close to this edge and you’ll see it drops 60 metres straight down, an unnerving view for sure.
- Whirly Pool Falls (Big River Falls) is a wild waterfall only a stone’s throw away from the south trailhead, you can get to it with a bare minimum of hiking.
Berries you can find on Stiles Cove Path include crackerberries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries.
Photos and stories featuring Stiles Cove Path:
- Otter slide in Small Point Cove - March 2017
- Moonlit icefall - February 2017
- Sun and snow on Stiles Cove Path - January 2017
- Happy Thanksgiving! - October 2016
- Dawn on Red Head - September 2016
- Morning hike to Black Head North - July 2016
- Frozen reverse waterfall - March 2016
- Flash freeze this weekend - February 2016
- Red Head iceberg - May 2014
- Welcome back, whales! - May 2014
- January rain and thaw - January 2014
- Tracks in the snow - December 2013
- Departures - October 2013
- Seal in Red Head Cove - May 2013
- Little penguins of winter - February 2013
- Ice climbers, come on down! - January 2013
- Outside at last - January 2013
- A sunny day’s walk in Flatrock - November 2012
- Mr. Blue Sky - May 2012
- Iceberg in Pouch Cove - May 2012
- Shoe Cove to Dog’s Hole - March 2012
- Distant iceberg - March 2012
- Fresh snow on Stiles Cove Path - January 2012
- Ice on the trail - November 2011
- Berries on Stiles Cove Path - August 2011
- Summer sunrise - July 2011
- Departures - June 2011
- Short & Sweet: 7 easy hikes - April 2011
- Undeveloped Stiles Cove Path - March 2011
- A little hike - November 2010
- Finbacks near Stiles Cove - August 2010
- Watching Whales - July 2010
- A night at Stiles Cove - May 2010
- Stiles Cove, the movie - March 2010
- Bye Bye Fisheye - February 2010
- February already? - February 2010
- 12.5 years - November 2009
- Flatrock waves - October 2009
- Sunrise whales with Rogier - August 2009
- Stiles Cove Time-lapse - June 2009
- Iceberg movie - May 2009
- Flatrock river trail - April 2009
- Sunshine at Stiles Cove - February 2009
- Stiles Cove sunrise - December 2008
- Snowy East Coast Trail - December 2008